Jean Rustin

Born in 1928, Jean Rustin was at first a master of lyrical abstraction. A major retrospective
was devoted to him at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris in 1971, after which he decided to begin a quest for a new and singular figuration.  A single subject: humanity laid bare, presented in its truth, without detours or evasions, like a contemporary vanity. A miserabilist representation of the man, where triumphs the human as the painting, relieved of any cultural connotation, social or temporal. Some milestones have marked its growing recognition: in 1982, an exhibition in Creteil, near Paris, partially censored for pornography; in 1991, a monograph written by the famous English art
critic Edouard Lucie-Smith, comparing Jean Rustin to Lucian Freud; in 1994, a retrospective of his figurative work in Oberhausen, Germany; in 1997, the creation of the Jean Rustin Foundation in Antwerp, taken over in 2002 by Maurice Verbaet and Corinne van Hövell, with a Paris office from 2007 to 2012. Jean Rustin is now recognized as one of the major figurative painters of the late twentieth century. In Paris, Halle Saint-Pierre honored him in 2001, then the Town Hall in 2004. His paintings and drawings are exhibited in many museums and public places in France and abroad.

He died in 2013, at the age of 85.

Movie "La peinture de Rustin" by Isabelle Rèbre

Anxiété, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 97x130cm Dans le couloir, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 97x130cm

La chambre turquoise, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 130x97cm Homme debout, 1996, acrylic on canvas, 92x73cm

Elsa, scène dans la cour, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 41x33cm Le Matin, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 81x65cm

Homme dans le soir, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 45x37cm Accroupie dans le couloir, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 60x81cm

Le repos, acrylic on canvas, 40x40cm Étude près de la porte, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 54x73cm


Étude, 2004, acrylic on canvas, 35x35cm Elle est toujours ainsi, 2003 - 2005, acrylic on canvas, 100x81cm

Le tabouret, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 92x73cm La porte fermée, 1982, acrylic on canvas, 41x33cm
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