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

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