Pierre Tal-Coat

Clohars-Carnoët, 1905 – Saint Pierre de Bailleul, 1985

Oil on canvas
130 x 192 cm
P. 523
Museum purchase, 1986
© Musée de Valence, photo Éric Caillet

Pierre Tal-Coat - Punctuated ©Museum of de Valence, photo Éric Caillet


The work of Tal-Coat, which was figurative at the start of his career, evolved toward the abstract after 1947, confirming the expressive value of each element (line, colour, material).  Following various travels, he abandoned vivid colours and angular shapes and began—with great economy of resources—to suggest nature and its elements rather than showing them outright.  He sought to be in direct contact with pictorial material, to experience it, to confront it.  He began by marking out an area of land and noting signs, such as an alignment of stones, the traces of a fire, the flight of a bird, or a crack in a rock.  As Punctuated attests, his painting by the end of the 1950s had attained an extreme simplicity, a monochrome richness in which all ideas of perspective, scale, contour, and object disappear in favour of raw pictorial expression. 


Pierre Tal-Coat - Punctuated ©Museum of de Valence, photo Éric Caillet