Max Papart, French (1911 - 1994 )

Max Papart

Max Papart's paintings and graphics are suffused with sunny humor and the
bright colors of the French Riviera where he was born.

Working in the cubist style, he depicted circus scenes, flirting couples,
soaring birds and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes
of contrasting colors and textures.

Max Papart is considered a master printmaker. He was born in Marseille,
France and later moved to Paris where he learned the techniques of classic
engraving. In 1960, he added to the classic processes the technique of
etching with carborundum invented by his friend Henri Goetz. In following
years Papart taught printmaking at the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes.
He continued making his own plates and supervising the hand printing of
his prints until he died in 1995. One of the most intriguing intellectual
concepts which Papart achieves is a "window" through which the viewer
senses the past or future, or even another time or place. It has been said
the Papart does not "paint," he "composes." His compositions come together
in a symphony of line, shape and color. Papart always believed that each
painting has its own meaning and needed no interpretation from him. His
paintings, in his own words, "force the viewer to think, and it is for the
viewer to respond to the art based on his own personal experiences."


Victoria and Albert Museum, London
National Gallery, London
Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musee Cantini, Marseilles
Fondation Maeght, St. Paul de Vence
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Indianapolis Museum of Art
New Orleans Museum of Art
High Museum, Atlanta
Bibliotheque Nationale de l'Arsenal, Paris
Salle de l'Aubette de la ville de Strasbourg
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art
Jacksonville Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix
Syracuse University
Yale University
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe


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