Henri Richelet

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Henri Richelet
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Self-portrait by Henri Richelet.
Born(1944-06-16)16 June 1944
Died18 March 2020(2020-03-18) (aged 75)
Paris, France
EducationÉcole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Spouse(s)Ximena Armas
AwardsFirst Grand Prix of the Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, 1968 (etching category)

Websitehttp://henri.richelet.free.fr

Henri Richelet (16 June 1944 – 18 March 2020) was a French painter.

Biography[edit]

Born to primary school teachers in a small village close to Domrémy, the birthplace of Joan of Arc, Henri Richelet spent his childhood and adolescence in the neighbouring small town of Neufchâteau (Vosges). After his Baccalauréat, he first attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, then the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1968, Richelet got the First Grand Prix of the Casa de Velázquez, Madrid in the etching category.[1] He has been living in Paris since the seventies after having spent a few years in Quebec. He was married to the Chilean painter Ximena Armas.[2]

Besides his participation in group exhibitions since 1963, Richelet made numerous solo exhibitions between 1965 and 2007 in France, Quebec and Chile. He also regularly took part in several salons such as: Salon d'Automne, Salon de Mai, Salon Comparaisons, Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Salon de Boulogne-Billancourt, Salon d'art contemporain de Montrouge, Salon Figuration critique.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Richelet died of COVID-19 on 18 March 2020 in Paris, aged 75.[3]

Works[edit]

Richelet's provocative humour made him choose gloomy colours. Following the tradition of Caravaggio, or of Georges de La Tour in his Saint Jérôme pénitent, he uses dark backgrounds to make livid and pallid flesh of tense, hunched up bodies stand out. ″Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas,″ he was fond of reminding us. This apophthegm haunts many works of Richelet, where his obsession with sex and death is expressed by a parallel between impotence and incapacity to create. One can be surprised, in some of his canvases, by the warm vermilion of a drape, a borrowing which would not have been renounced by the two old masters he so admired.[4]

Energetic lines in Richelet's paintings, drawings, and etchings oddly bring corpses, broken and mutilated in their physical beauty, on the verge of Death.

Works in museum collections[edit]

  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile :
    • Ne pas toucher : Indian ink on paper (51 x 60 cm).
  • Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile :
    • Derniers outrages : oil painting on canvas (100 x 81 cm).

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1965 : Casino de Contrexéville, France.
  • 1968 : Maison des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
  • 1971 :
    • Galerie Beaudelaire, Quebec.
    • Galerie Chantauteuil, Quebec.
  • 1974 : Galerie L’Art du Monde, Paris.
  • 1976 : Galerie L'Estuaire, Honfleur, France.
  • 1990 : Galerie Ceibo, Paris.
  • 1996 : Hôtel de Ville, Neufchâteau, France.
  • 1998 : Galerie Thermale, Contrexéville, France.
  • 1999 : Galería Modigliani, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  • 2001 :
  • 2006 : Galería Modigliani, Viña del Mar, Chile.
  • 2007 : Le Trait d’Union, Neufchâteau, France.

Main group exhibitions[edit]

  • 1969 & 1970 :
  • 1977–1978 : La Boîte, ARC 2, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris.
  • 1981 : Cent gravures contemporaines, Aulnay-sous-Bois, France.
  • 1982 & 1987 :
  • 1991 : Art contemporain international, Château de la Bonnetière, Haut-Poitou, France.
  • 1996 : 3e Festival de l’art actuel, Château d’O, Orne, France.
  • 1997 : Dialogue Est-Ouest Art Festival, Vayolles, France.
  • 2000 : Variations, Espace Belleville, Paris.
  • 2003 : Hommage à S. Allende, Ris-Orangis, France.
  • 2004 : George Sand, interprétations, Couvent des Cordeliers, Châteauroux, France.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Xuriguera, G. (1985). Les Figurations de 1960 à nos jours. Paris: éditions Mayer. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Xuriguera, G. (1987). Le Dessin, le pastel, l’aquarelle dans l’art contemporain. Paris: éditions Mayer. ISBN 2-85299-004-0. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Anonymous (1993). Paris 13e : l'Art sous toutes ses formes. Paris: éditions Fus-Art. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Anonymous (1996). CD-ROM Art Présent : Rencontre avec les artistes vivant et travaillant en France. Paris: éditions J.F.J. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Anonymous (1996). Grand annuaire des arts sur CD-ROM. Paris: éditions France Art. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delaunay, J.-M. 1994. Des palais en Espagne. L'École des hautes études hispaniques et la Casa de Velázquez au cœur des relations franco-espagnoles du XXe siècle (1898–1979). Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, p. 544 (ISBN 84-86839-51-3).
  2. ^ Lebeau, Élodie (2016). Le Musée international de la Résistance Salvador Allende en France (1975-1991) : l'odyssée d'une collection d'art contemporain en exil (MA). Université Jean-Jaurès, Toulouse., vol. 2, p. 127.
  3. ^ "Hommage à Henri Richelet, peintre du temps qui passe". Vosges Matin (in French). 26 March 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Xuriguera G. 1987. op. cit., p. 261.

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