Works by Olivier Debré

Olivier Debré

Ocre vert pâle, taches bleues - Touraine

Oil on canvas
1984
180 x 250 cm (71 x 98,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Rouge à la tache jaune

Oil on canvas
1993
100 x 100 cm (39,5 x 39,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Gris pâle aux tache jaunes de Loire - Touraine

Oil on canvas
1983
150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 po)
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Olivier Debré

Taches rose et vertes à Tula, Mexique

Oil on canvas
1997
80 x 80 cm (31,5 x 31,5 in)
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Olivier Debré

Rose de l'Inde (C.R. #468)

Lithograph on paper
1991
77,5 x 56 cm (30,5 x 22 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
1992
90 x 62,5 cm (35,5 x 24,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Rouge de Touraine (C.R. #469)

Lithograph on paper
1991
110 x 76,5 cm (43,5 x 30 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
v.1979-1980
55,5 x 74,5 cm (22 x 29,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Xian rouge et orange (C.R. #462)

Lithograph on paper
1990
99,5 x 75 cm (39 x 29,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Carte de voeux

Lithograph on paper
1968
22 x 14 cm (8,5 x 5,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

India ink on paper
1999
56,5 x 38 cm (22,5 x 15 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
1989
56,5 x 75,5 cm (22,5 x 29,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Signe-paysage, hommage à Olivier Messiaen

Lithograph on paper
1988
55 x 74,5 cm (21,5 x 29,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
N.d.
58 x 75,5 cm (23 x 30 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
N.d.
56,5 x 75,5 cm (22 x 29,5 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Lithograph on paper
N.d.
55 x 74 cm (21,5 x 29 po)
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Olivier Debré

Jaune d'or de Loire (C.R. #458)

Lithograph on paper
1990
56 x 75,5 cm (22 x 29,5 po)

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Olivier Debré

Signe-Personnage

Gouache on paper
1991
38 x 27,5 cm (15 x 11 po)
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Olivier Debré

Signe-Personnage

Gouache on paper
1991
31 x 21 cm (12 x 8 po)

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Olivier Debré

Signe rouge et noir (C.R. #376)

Lithograph on paper
1978
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 po)
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Olivier Debré

Signe bleu et noir (C.R. #376-A)

Lithograph on paper
1978
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 po)
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Olivier Debré

Signe-personnage ou signe noir (C.R. #374)

Lithograph on paper
1978
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 po)
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Olivier Debré

Signe-personnage (C.R. #374-A)

Lithograph on paper
1978
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 po)
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Olivier Debré

Sans titre

Gouache and india ink on paper
v.1990
38,5 x 29,5 cm (15 x 11,5 po)
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About the artist

Olivier Debré© François Poivret

Olivier Debré

Olivier Debré was born in 1920 in Paris into a family of doctors and artists. He is the brother of former French Prime Minister Michel Debré.

He began painting and drawing as a child, and then turned to a career as an architect. In 1938, he graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in the architecture section. However, he decided to devote himself to painting. In 1939, he became a student of Le Corbusier and during the German occupation, he met Picasso in a gallery. This encounter anchored him definitively in painting. Thereafter, his painting, initially figurative and marked by impressionism, became abstract.

His pictorial expression will evolve towards more airy compositions with large colored surfaces, making Debré one of the representatives of gestural abstraction (or lyrical abstraction). He is certainly the most American of French painters. His style is in the spirit of the "color field". In spite of numerous trips around the world, he often returned to paint near the Loire River, in Vernou-sur-Brenne, near Tours.

The State gave him several commissions, for the International Exhibition in Montreal (1967), for the one in Osaka, for the French Embassy in Washington, for the stage curtain of the Comédie-Française (1987). He also created the curtain for the Hong Kong Opera House (1989) and the Shanghai Opera House (1998).

In 1995, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume presented a retrospective of Olivier Debré's work, which was also shown in Europe and Latin America.

He died in Paris on June 2, 1999. He had then become a Commander of the Arts and Letters, a Knight of the Legion of Honor and an Academician.

(Sources: Centre de création contemporaine Olivier Debré, Centre d'arts plastiques de Royan, Le Temps, Monde des arts)

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