André COTTAVOZ   1922-2012

Le Marronnier (Chestnut) by André COTTAVOZ Nature Morte aux Poissons (Still Life with Fish) by André COTTAVOZ
André Cottavoz was born in Saint-Marcellin, south-east France in 1922 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. As a teenager he began painting with a knife (a habit he would remain faithful to throughout his career) after seeing a reproduction of an Arles landscape by Van Gogh.

Cottavoz never really subscribed to the main artistic movements of the first-half of the 20th Century. After the war, in reaction to these movements and above all abstraction, along with some friends from the Beaux-Arts he founded the 'New Figuration', a genuine style which used an abundance of raw paint, a form of impasto, as a source of light in order to project reality. This method was used even for intimate subjects. His 'Nature morte aux poissons', currently on show in Gallery JKL, being an excellent example.

In 1962 Cottavoz settled permanently in the seaside resort of Vallauris where he was captivated by the southern silvery light that inspired his Mediterranean landscapes and seascapes, a quintessential example of which can also be found in the Gallery.

André Cottavoz died in Vallauris in 2012, just days before his 90th birthday.

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