Sans titre (à Paul Cézanne)
Olivier Mosset

Concrete 50 x 230 x 63cm

Commande of the Centre d'art (owner Frac Limousin) in 2005

Born in Bern in Swiss in 1944, Olivier Mosset lives and works in Arizona in United States.

Ever since 1964, Olivier Mosset has found himself in the context of critical analysis of painting. The chosen shape, a black circle painted in the center of a square, becomes a signature for him before he starts to adopt monochromes, a practice that derives from seeing painting as an object. Settled since 1977 in the United States, there he pursues extremely coherent work painting around questions concerning signature, anonymity, appropriation and repetition.

Maillol’s famous sculpture, Hommage to Cézanne was commissioned in 1912 by a committee of artists from Aix-en-Provence. For Maillol, this classical composition of a statue of a clothed woman carrying an olive branch was the best way to evoke painting. The work was installed in the Tuileries Gardens, then removed to near the Louvre without its original pedestal and offered to the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris.

Strolling in the Tuileries Gardens, Olivier Mosset discovered the abandoned pedestal with the inscription "To Paul Cézanne". He had a copy of this stone made at Bienne.

Showed at the Centre international d’art et du paysage of Vassivière Island in 2004, he has presented this work which signs the landscape in unusual fashion, both by Paul Cézanne and by Olivier Mosset. 


Copyright: Jean-Denis Frater