Mlle de l'Escalier, 1999
Born in 1926 in Quimper, the artist lives and works in Paris. It was during his ?wanderings? with his friend Raymond Hains ? who he met at art school in Rennes ? that he came across his first shredded poster, the core material of his art. Put back together and mounted on canvas, these remains of collective history laud anonymous creativity and the vibrancy of the city. He is interested in ?appropriating rather than making? and it is the thickness of the tear in the layers of posters and their colours that form the basis of his work. In 1960, he signed the New Realist Manifesto and in 1969 invented his ?socio-political alphabet?, inspired by ideograms (crosses, arrows?) that he had seen in the Metro. Retrospectives of his work were organised at the Pompidou Centre in 2008 and the MAC in Marseille in 2012. His work is in collections worldwide.