Eugène Leroy: The Materiality of Light, Paintings 1950-1999

Eugène Leroy, Michael Werner Gallery

Michael Werner Gallery presents Eugène Leroy: The Materiality of Light, Paintings 1950-1999, the first major exhibition of paintings by French artist Eugène Leroy (1910-2000) in the U.K. Spanning five decades, the exhibition includes rarely seen seascapes from the 1950s to the built-up almost sculptural paintings from the latter part of the artist’s career.

Living most of his life in Tourcoing, France, near the Belgian border, Leroy did not see himself solely in direct lineage with Northern European painters. Instead, he selected inspiration from a host of Northern and Southern European influences, including Poussin, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Van der Goes, Giorgione, Rubens, Giotto, and Bacon. Known for thick, layered paintings that he worked and reworked for sometimes over a decade, his painting was remarkably more about subtraction than addition.

Leroy sought to capture the presence or “the trace” of the subject. Light, and the way in which it is absorbed and reflected, was his primary concern. Culling from Northern and Southern art historical sources, Leroy also utilised Northern and Southern light through windows and mirrors in his studio that frame, blur, and highlight the landscape and subjects he often painted from life.

Throughout his long career, Leroy remained deeply committed to classical genres of painting, namely still-lifes, landscapes, and portraits. With over 30 works on view, Eugène Leroy: The Materiality of Light, Paintings 1950-1999 provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre as he explores the effects of seasons, passage of time, and movement of light.

Duration 09 February 2023 - 15 April 2023
Times Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Cost Free
Venue Michael Werner
Address 22 Upper Brook Street, London, W1K 7PZ
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