Who is René Duvillier? Really, who is he?

Rene Duvillier Serpent de Mer 1955 painting
Serpent de Mer, 1955

If anyone knows anything about an artist named René Duvillier, please share some information with me. I came across some paintings of his today and I really like them, but can’t find much out about the man himself.   Having a pretty serious jones for modernist art (especially in the abstract vein) I was immediately drawn to Serpent de Mer, with its near-symmetry, very limited color palate, and disembodied forked tongue (which is about the only thing that gives this away as being a serpent, representationally speaking).  But it wasn’t until after I got past Serpent and saw some of his later work His style gets more involved and he starts laying his paint on the canvas very thick,  creating movement and depth of field that is even compelling when it is seen on a computer screen.  With any luck I will have a chance to see some of his work in person one of these days.  Anyway, I couldn’t find much more information about Duvillier than I was able to scrounge up on the French Wikipedia article and I would love to learn from someone who might actually, you know, be a human being.

cycle-a-rien-1965
Cycle aérien, 1965

les-3-mondes-1967

le-regard-gouffre-1967
Le Regard-gouffre, 1967
vision-expressive-1968
Vision expressive, 1968

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s