Thierry Lefort - Château de Sannes Exhibit

Exhibition presented by Yoyo Maeght
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For the exhibition at the Château de Sannes, Thierry Lefort takes us into the light of Cézanne but under the California sun where shadows, palm trees and electric poles give rhythm to the space. Two techniques complement each other, oil paint on canvas and ink on paper. On the borderline between figuration and abstraction, Thierry Lefort likes to assemble elements to achieve a composition. For the Château de Sannes, and as a nod to the vine, he has created large inks by assembling three sheets of a size called grape format. All the works presented here are exhibited for the first time.

Thierry Lefort is a French artist who lives and works between Paris and Los Angeles. Since his youth, painting has been his means of expression to apprehend the world, its light, its colours and its beauty. An admirer of Cézanne, he applies his credo according to which "painting from nature is not slavishly copying, it is realising one's sensations".

Thierry Lefort's painting is not devoid of a spirituality sometimes encountered in other cultures. From 1997 to 2000, he travelled through the province of Henan in China, the cradle of Chinese civilisation and kungfu. Then, through calligraphy and inspired by China and Japan, he further developed his pictorial art by seeking to paint in an efficient, powerful and pure manner. From then on, Thierry Lefort turned towards a painting that some would describe as the Renaissance of Figuration, with all that this entails in terms of simplicity, elegance and purity.

Thierry Lefort's strength and particularity lies not only in his technique but also in his re-reading of the world around him, in particular the industrial and urban world. He sometimes paints his pictures in situ, in the street, taking an enthusiastic look at places as diverse and insignificant as train stations, factories, bridges and car parks. The human being seems to be absent, yet one suspects it.

Make no mistake, Thierry Lefort does not seek to deliver a faithful image of the scenery, landscapes or cities he paints, with him it is not the Painting that serves the landscape, but the landscape that serves the Painting, to achieve the perfect balance of the composition.

Notable venues that have presented Thierry Lefort's work include the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and twice the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2021, Yoyo Maeght will devote a major exhibition to him in Paris, to be followed in autumn 2022 by a new exhibition of large-scale paintings.

Yoyo Maeght conceives and organises exhibitions internationally, notably for the Maeght Foundation, created by her grandfather Aimé Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, but also for the Centre Pompidou, the Yokohama Museum in Japan, the Beijing Imperial Museum in China, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Pinacoteca de San Paolo in Brazil. She is also a publisher of limited edition prints. She is the author of the best-selling book La Saga Maeght.
Works on display 
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Los Angeles river, 65 x 80,5 cm oil on canvas

La Vallée des stars II, 65 x 46 cm oil on canvas

Le Sourire de John Wayne, 195 x 97 cm Oil on canvas

The blue curtain 2020 46 x 38 cm Oil on canvas

Hollywood now 14, 15 et 16 - both 150 x 65 cm

Hollywood now 08 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 09 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 10 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 11 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 12 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 13 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 17 - 65 x 50 cm

Hollywood now 14 - 150 x 65 cm

Hollywood now 15 - 150 x 65 cm

Hollywood now 17 - 150 x 65 cm

Exhibition at the Château de Sannes, summer 2022