A print by Ohara Koson circa 1900.
A rarity, this costume design for the creation of the world, "Le Perroquet" 1923 by Léger Fernand.
The first performance of "La Création du monde" took place on October 25, 1923 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris - Argument Blaise Cendrars, music Darius Milhaud, choreography Jan Börlin, sets and costumes Fernand Léger. Not bad is not it ?
Paul Klee, "Landscape with Yellow Birds", 1923.
The Maeght Foundation devoted a major retrospective to him in 1977.
Ahahah! This bird, it is incredible, isn't it? Pablo Picasso, "The Bird", 1928.
Green, more green, with André Beaudin, "White birds" from 1933.
Few exhibited works by this artist from "L'Ecole de Paris", this painting is part of the Center Pompidou collections, but is rarely exhibited
A beautiful blue for a walk with Miró, "Birds and insects", 1938.
For my birds series, I dive into the myth of Leda and the swan. This rascal of Zeus took the form of a white swan to seduce Leda, by night, according to Homer. Leda is the daughter of Thestios, king of Aetolia and her husband is Tyndareus, king of Sparta. From her love with the god, Leda conceived two children, Helen and Pollux, who were born in an egg,
There are many works representing this myth.
Salvador Dali, "Atomic Leda" Dali said: "It is the painting of our life. Everything is suspended in space without anything touching. Even the sea rises at a distance from the land." It is of course his wife, Gala, who lends her features to Léda.
When he paints this canvas, Dali is in his period of corpuscular mysticism. Fascinated by the invention of the atomic bomb and by nuclear physics, he sees in it a new source of creation. Thus, matter would not be a single entity, but a multitude of particles linked together by vacuum, which implies a form of weightlessness.
Joan Miró, "Characters and birds in front of the sun", 1946.
Joan Miró, "Women and Birds at Sunrise", 1946.
Joan Miró, "Women and Bird in the Night", 1947
Karel Appel, "Child and birds", 1950.
A Braque bird is eternal.
Bird series with this superb Victor Brauner.
The most surrealist of poets or the most poetic of surrealists?
Fernand Léger, frontispiece of "A Poem in Each Book" 1955.
Miró, "Family of fowlers". The talent in litho.
Georges Braque, "A tire d'aile", 1956-1961.
What painting! What modernity, it is timeless for me, everything is confusing. The framing, with this rectangle at the bottom, on the left. The material, with the paint that seems to drown sand, gravel. The subject, this bird that looks like a fighter plane swooping down on a target.
When I was very young, Monsieur Braque was like a grandfather to me, also because my Grandpa, Aimé Maeght, seemed so young. Braque was his mentor, he exhibited at the Galerie Maeght from 1945 until his death in 1963.
Georges Braque, "The Black Birds", 1957.
Birds series, with this magnificent "Zephyr bird" by Joan Miró.
Miró is genius served by an extraordinary sense of technique. Here, with this litho edited by my grandfather Aimé Maeght, he knows so well how to use the transparencies of lithographic inks to give relief and create materials. A sober use, few colors, few passages in the press, but damn what an explosive result.
Marc Chagall, "The Blue Bird", 1968.
Honestly, isn't it magical to paint like that at 90?
Picasso, "Bust of a Woman with a Bird". 1971
"Peace", 1972 by Alexander Calder who has been involved since the first hour against the Vietnam War.
One of the most beautiful birds for my series!
Miró, "Head, bird", 1974.
Not even afraid !
Lightness and happiness in what art offers us the best!
"Birds Surrounding the Star of Hope", 1978 by Joan Miró.
Whaaaa! Joan Miró, "Star Bird Woman", 1978.
Perfect for my birds series.
Robert Combas, "Bird in the middle of flowers". I can't help but think that if Combas were American everyone would be crying genius.
A typical work of free figuration, Robert Combas, "In Search of the Firebird", 1987.
Ross Bleckner, "Cage", 1987.
The bird is not a prisoner there, fortunately.
Considered one of the main representatives of Chinese cynical realism, a movement characterized by a shattered idealism following the events of the 1980s, Yue Minjun paints himself with this big mouth of forced laughter.
In this iconic painting, the character wraps his body around a penguin, a flightless bird. Does the bird laugh or does it suffer?
Yue Minjun, "Penguin", 2000.
You'll take a little wing again, Mr Hitchcock!
A quality perch!