Raymond MOISSET 1906-1994, Expressionist painter from the School of Paris Montmartre.
Rare Oil on masonite and frame.
Signed above and on the left, countersigned and located 24 rue des Épinettes in Saint Maurice sur Seine.
Work of the 1940s of 46cm x 38cm.
Raymond MOISSET's expressionist works are rare on the market, he only painted expressionism until 1950, when he turned to the abstract.
Raymond Moisset was in the 1920s a student of the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts. He is nevertheless said to be self-taught in the field of painting ("His great school will be the street" it is said3) that he worked mainly alone until 1936 (first personal exhibition and first salon in Paris in 1934), even if he attended the free academies of Montmartre.
Around 1935, with among others Pierre Tal-Coat, André Marchand, Georges Rohner and Robert Humblot, he formed the Forces Nouvelles group which denounced any intellectual pretension of painting, giving no other vocation to painting than to provide a emotion through the humble reality of things 5. It is in this spirit that Raymond Moisset will remain the friend of Francis Gruber, met in 1936, until the latter's untimely death in 1948, and that until 1950 he will be the painter of an everyday reality, although ordered in its composition. We then perceive that “Raymond Moisset, in his compositions, tries his hand at expressive distortions imbued with the love of El Greco, a love that the painter wishes to affirm” 6.
Jean-Jacques Lévêque evokes Raymond Moisset among the painters who, from 1942 and all expressions combined, support and accompany Gaston Diehl in his refusal to submit art to the occupying ideology. This movement (where our artist rubs shoulders with his old friends Francis Gruber, Georges Rohner and André Marchand as much as the surrealist Lucien Coutaud or the abstracts Alfred Manessier and Gustave Singier) will lead to the creation of the Salon de Mai of which Raymond Moisset will be, from the first demonstration of 1945 and for twenty-five years, regular exhibitor7.
Raymond Moisset's first abstract canvas is identified by Lydia Harambourg as being his shipment from 1950 to the sixth Salon in May1. This passage to abstraction, also situated by Michel Seuphor in 19508, is however not clear, clear-cut, absolute Note 1: From a palette reduced to a few brilliant colors, Raymond Moisset will then give to an always discernable reality ( his Nus bustureux of the 1970s, cited by Jean-Pierre Delarge2) rhythms which, like Edouard Pignon (period of the Nudes roses) or Jean Messagier will gradually become the end in itself of the painting without completely obscuring an underlying figuration, an intention of representation.
Carmine Gallery, Rue de Seine, Paris, 1934, 1935.
Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1936.
Bernheim-Jeune Gallery, 1939.
Galerie Breteau, Paris, 1946.
Galerie Blumenthal, Paris, 1962.
Birch Gallery, Copenhagen, 1963.
Beno d'Incelli Gallery, Paris, 1968.
Raymond Moisset, works from the 1950s and 1960s, Galerie Jacques Barbier, Paris, November-December 19869.
Galerie Arnoux, Paris, February 1988.
Jacques Barbier Gallery, Paris, 1989.
Raymond Moisset retrospective, Maison des arts et loisirs, Sochaux, February-March 1989.
Salon des Tuileries, from 1934 to 1939.
Salon des Independants, from 1935 to 1939.
Three young artists: Jean-Claude Guignebert, Claude Lœwer and Raymond Moisset, Galerie Jean Dufresne, Paris, May 1939.
Salon d'Automne, Paris, 1939, 1944, 1945.
Paul Guillaume Prize selection, Galerie Bernhein-Jeune, Paris, 1939.
The stages of new contemporary art, Galerie Berri-Raspail, Paris, 1942.
Salon de la Resistance, Paris, 1944.
Salon de Mai, Paris, from 1945 to 1969, 1976.
Painters of today, Hôtel Ruhl, Nice, 1947.
Le nouvelle art français, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Luxembourg, 1947.
Prix de Rome en liberté, Galerie Despierre, 1948, with René-Jean Clot, Jacques Despierre, Francis Gruber, André Marchand, Robert Humblot, Bernard Lorjou, Francis Tailleux, Roger Worms and Gabriel Zendel.
International paintings, Moscow, 1953.
Lissone Prize, Milan, 1955.
The painter's studio, Galerie Le cercle, Paris, with Constantin Brancusi, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, Léon Gischia and Pierre Tal-Coat.
French painting, Museum of Mexico, 1956.
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, from 1957 to 1994, posthumous tribute in 1995.
Expression of today, Château de Lunéville, 1960.
Tokyo Biennale followed by a traveling exhibition in ten Japanese museums with Édouard Pignon, Alfred Manessier, Roger-Edgar Gillet, Gérard Schneider, Paul Rebeyrolle and Jean Fautrier, 1963, 1964.
For a new conception of the landscape - Thirty-five painters presented by Henry Galy-Carles and Jean-Jacques Lévêque: Gérald Collot, Corneille, Géula Dagan, Olivier Debré, James Guitet, Paul Kallos, Robert Lapoujade, Jean Le Moal, Raymond Moisset, Zoran Mušič, Georges Romathier, Key Sato, Raoul Ubac, Robert Wogensky ..., Galerie L'Atelier, Toulouse, December 1964 - January 1965.
Saint-Étienne Museum of Art and Industry, 1969.
Contemporary art museums of Dunkirk, Châteauroux, Montbéliard, Besançon and Saint-Nazaire, 1985.
June abstraction exhibition, Paris, June 1987: Raymond Moisset, Jean Bertholle, Henri Goetz, André Lanskoy, Luc Peire, Árpád Szenes, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva10 ....
Departmental Contemporary Art Fund of Val-de-Marne, 1987.
Mythes en abîme, Commanderie des Templiers de la Villedieu, Élancourt, December 2013 - March 2014 11.