Louis Cane Biography

Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France, 1943 -

An established French artist, Louis Cane works as a painter, sculptor, and furniture designer. He studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Nice, and later at the Superior School of Decorative Arts in Paris. He was an active member of the group Soporte/Superficie, and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine Peinture, Cahiers Theoriques.

In 1975 he began to paint in a semi-abstract style. During this period he drew his first Meninas pieces and his first canvases painted with arcs and angels. After a few years of pure abstraction he arrived at figuration, exploring the history of painting through his work.

After a hiatus following his schooling, Cane took up sculpting again in 1978. His sculptures, almost exclusively female figures, are executed in a traditional figurative style.

His work is influenced by a variety of artists including Picasso, Monet, Goya, Matisse, Stella, Pollock, and de Kooning. In the early ?80s he closely studied the work of Monet, and produced a series of water lily pieces that were exhibited in the Musee l?Orangerie in Paris, in 1994.

Selected Exhibitions

2007 - PicassoMio.com.

1998 - Les Annees Supports/Surfaces dans les collections du Centre Georges Pompidou, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.

1997 - Made in France 1947-1997, 50 ans de creation en France. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

1987 - La coleccion del Museo de Arte Moderno de Saint-Etienne, France.

1986 - Pictura loquens, 25 ans d'art en France. Villa Arson-Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Niza, France.

1977 - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. - Documenta VI a Cassel, Germany.