The Michael Werner Kunsthandel is delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition of work by the French artist, Eugène Leroy who was born in Tourcoing (1910 – 2000). The exhibition includes paintings and drawings from the 1980s and ‘90s.

Eugéne Leroy’s treatment of colour has had a profound influence that is almost unique among 20th century artists. His paintings are based on the representation of motifs and are built up with excessive use of oil paint. This process, which is almost sculptural by nature, results in rich superposing layers of colour which gradually configurate into a portrait, still life, landscape or nude. The painted surface is deeply scored, producing structural complexity which dominates the expressive force of the paintings. Leroy‘s use of paint as material, form, colour and context defies easy interpretation and creates richly ambiguous imagery. „Indeed what is striking about these paintings is the tension between their abstract sculptural quality and the figurative nature of his motifs in which veiled portraits, shadowy landscapes and half-forgotten dreams emerge out of the thick application from innumerable tubes of paint. The colour pigments vibrate before our eyes and with our eyes, as we shift focus between the brilliant hues and the portrait beneath.“ (Stephen Hough, 2008)

In 1977, Eugène Leroy was awarded the Emile-Othon Friez prize and the Grand Prix Nationale de la Peinture in 1996. There have been numerous internationally acclaimed exhibitions of his work: in the Wiener Secession (1970), the École des Beaux-Arts in Lille (1977), the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Gent (1982), the Musée de la Ville de Paris (1988), the XXI Biennale Internationale de Sao Paulo (1991), the dokumenta IX in Kassel (1992), the 46th Biennale in Venice (1995), the Kunsthalle in Basel (1997), the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2000), the MUba-Eugène Leroy in Tourcoing (2010) and the Joanneum in Graz (2014).