Max Papart’s paintings and graphics are suffused with the sunny humor and bright colors of the French Riviera, where he was born in 1911-1994. Working in a Cubist style, he depicts circus scenes, flirting couples, soaring birds and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes of contrasting colors and textures which suggest many levels of depth. Often he also achieves what has been called a “time window” effect through which the viewer senses the past or future, as in his Indian Summer or Silent Woman.
This is not to say that Papart is simply a purveyor of superficial entertainment. For all its decorative gaiety, his works also force the viewer to think. As the noted critic André Parinaud put it, “We are going to rediscover Papart as one of the masters of the second cubist generation, born from color and from the geometric demand of the composition… His radiating warmth will be much appreciated.
Partial List of Exhibitions & Museums
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée Cantini, Marseilles
Foundation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Phoenix Art museum, Phoenix, Arizona
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bibliotheque Nationale de l’Arsenal, Paris
National Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
British Museum, London
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Grands et Jeunes d’ Aujourd’hui, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris
Présence Contemporaine, Aix-en-Provence
Centenaire du Salon des Independents, Grand Palais, Paris
Nahan Galleries, New Orleans, Tokyo
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