Pierre Alechinsky

  • PIERRE ALECHINSKY

  • Pierre Alechinsky - Projects

    Les Grands fonds, 1974-1996

    Indian ink on large vellum mounted on canvas, border painted in acrylic
    337 x 710 cm

    Lelong & Co., Paris, New York

    Petit Palais


    Pierre Alechinsky was born in 1927 in Brussels. In 1974, he realized a monumental Indian ink painting on vellum paper mounted on canvas, designed for the ceiling of a collector’s home, in a format that he had never used before: 277 x 650 cm. The commission did not eventuate. A recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Prize in 1976, he decided to present this grand nocturnal painting in the monographic exhibition devoted to his work at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. It was one of the masterworks the exhibition. In 1996, he added a border, painted in acrylic, on all four sides, giving it a new luminosity and expanding the format to its present dimensions: 337 x 710 cm. He renamed it Les Grands fonds [Deep Sea]. Exhibited for the first time in France, it is the largest painting ever created by the artist.

    Photo: Marc Domage

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