When in Paris, I discovered for the first time (and fell in love with) the work of Genevieve Asse, a 90 year old French painter whose work was on display at Centre Pompidou while I was there. The small exhibition spans more than sixty years of her work, from 1946 to 2009.
This was one of my favorite paintings in the show. Her sketchbook pages are especially wonderful:
Asse is a monochromatic painter. Her medium to large abstract paintings on canvas are mostly blues, greys and whites, and her motifs reference the solice of the sky, the sea and light. There are often narrow crevices in her work, which I also find so beautiful.
As an aspiring abstract painter, I am very interested in the ways that abstract painters work and how they come to their “subjects”. I bought the exhibition catalog, but it is in French, so I am hoping to find a book in English about her work, though I’m not sure one exists.
For now, I’ll stare at the pictures of her beautiful work. So grateful that I stumbled upon it at the Pompidou!