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 Etienne-Martin, Henri (1913 - 1995)
France

L'Arbre Regard, 1984

Painted cedar wood;
210 x 80 x 80 cm
Contemporary European Sculpture

UID 102-190



Biography

French sculptor, studied sculpture at the École des Beaux Arts in Lyon from 1929 to 1933 and afterwards in Paris where he met Duchamp. From 1944 to 1947 he lived with Stahly and Manessier at Mortagne, Orne, where he produced a number of large wooden sculptures. The Large Couple, a totem-like, near symmetrical work was much praised by the influential critic Michel Taipié in his famous book Un Art Autre (Paris, 1952). Etienne Martin returned to Paris in 1947 where, through Roché he met Brancusi, Dubuffet and Henri Michaux. In 1949 he produced the innovative Passementerie series of three sculptures (Paris, Pompidou), from a mixture of materials including cloth, rope and wood. These resemble liturgical costumes for some magical ritual. In the mid-1950s, he worked on the Habitation series of sculptures, which are labyrinths with phallic protrusions lining the sides, creating the sense of a protective shelter. After the 70's, the most important of his sculptures was Wall-Mirror, made from a large piece of chestnut wood cut into two, near symmetrical, halves. The work is brightly painted in some areas. This arcane sculpture symbolizes the male and female. In his later work he continued the Habitation series, as in the mixed media Mur-Verseau, which confirmed his interest in varied materials and their contrasting textures.



Exhibitions

Etienne Martin, Sculptures Polychromes
FIAC, France
01-10-1986 ~ 30-10-1986

Biennale de la Sculpture
Centre Culturel de l'Yvone (Abbaye St. Germain), France
09-07-1989 ~ 10-09-1989

Etienne Martin, Un Sculpteur, Une Ville
Valence, ville de, France
26-05-1992 ~ 06-09-1992

Etienne Martin
FIAC, France
01-10-1996 ~ 30-10-1996

Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in The Berardo Collection
Embaixada de França (French Embassy), Portugal
27-04-2005 ~ 15-10-2005

Contemporâneos de Arpad Szenes e Vieira da Silva na Collecção Berardo
Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva, Portugal
06-03-2002 ~ 16-06-2002

Etienne Martin (Chapelle de la Salpêtrière)
Festival d'Automne (Chapelle de la Salpêtrière), France
~

3D - The Berardo Collection at the Portugeuse Parlement
Assembleia da República, Portugal
17-04-2007 ~ 20-08-2007


Bibliography

Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in TheBerardo Collection, 2005
Published by 90 Graus Editora, Lda.
ISBN 9728964013

Contemporâneos de Arpad Szenes e Vieira da Silva na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Fundação Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva
ISBN 9728467192

Etienne Martin, 1991
Published by Adam Biro Editions

Etienne Martin, un Sculpteur, une Ville, 1992
Published by Ville de Valence







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