The Musée de l’Orangerie is organizing a fascinating exhibition around the painter Sam Szafran, to be discovered until January 16, 2023.

Sam Szafran

A figurative and poetic-oneiric approach to reality

Sam Szafran has built through his works an intimate and dreamlike, personal world, which he nevertheless opens up to us through his paintings. Come and discover this singular painter at the Musée de l’Orangerie, which is devoting an exceptional retrospective to the French artist of Polish-Jewish origin. Sam Szafran (1934-2019) occupies a very unique place in the history of art in the second half of the 20th century. He dedicated his work to a figurative and poetic-oneiric approach to reality that he developed far from the world of art and its fads, in the withdrawal from the studio. A particularly difficult childhood, marked by the disasters of the Second World War in a family of Jewish-Polish origin, made him prefer this solitude, focusing on his own existence and his inner states to give birth to his favorite themes.

The first exhibition organized by a French museum

Three years after the artist’s death, the Musée de l’Orangerie is highlighting, in the first exhibition organized by a French museum for two decades, the few subjects that were existential for him – workshops, stairs and foliage – which all have a common to its immediate environment. The parsimonious economy of representations is counterbalanced by a captivating fever of experimentation, which functions as an anchor dropped in the history of art. As an autodidact with an inexhaustible curiosity, he was introduced to pastels and then to watercolors, fields of artistic research that he ardently pursued. Szafran puts the gaze to the test, by distorting and deconstructing the perspective, in closed places, hermetically closed in on themselves. Over time, these open up, fragment to give birth to fragmented visions where the planes of temporality multiply in which the spaces combine and confront each other, symbolic of an order that has disappeared forever.

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