Bernard Bygodt (1934-2004), Composition, 1962, oil on pannel



What I like

I like this work by Bernard Bygodt, for the strength of the gesture, emerging from these two white, vertical flashes, emerging on an extremely worked, grainy background, with a thousand and one shades of magnificent blue. We are in front of the work of a young man who appropriates all the influences of lyrical abstraction, here rather wise, playing on the appearance of a light in a thick, deep universe, which recalls the waters or the sky, amniotic.

I therefore like the power of its material: we dive into this painting as into the sea.

I like the fact that this painting, by an artist at the start of his career, is already a finished work, which is very much rooted in the research of other talents of his time, the 1960s.

Finally, his blue is sumptuous, luminous, still lit by these white presences: Nicolas de Staël works a somewhat equivalent blue, Yves Klein patented his, IKB 3, in 1960, this blue is a color-light: it could might as well be a stained glass window!

Technical description

Bernard BYGODT (1939-2004)

Composition, 1962

Oil on canvas paper laid down on panel signed lower left, signed and dated on the back.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 65 cm – Width: 46 cm – Depth: 2 cm

Weight: 5 kg

Mix & Match

This work by Bernard Bygodt has a strong presence, being a very finished, very strong work: in fact, it will impose itself on a wall, where it will be able to rub shoulders with works from the same period, such as the paper cut-outs “Vers la Joie” of Foujino, even the interesting work of Bernard Jardel, “Composition 71-11-41”, a little later, more geometric.

Bygodt leads to introspection, to a spiritual journey: as a result, we can look at this painting from Louis XV armchairs, but also from the Sling bench by Hannah and Morrison, whose orange seat will play with its lively palette, or propped up in the waxed oak lounge by Borge Jesnsen and Sonne, with its soft tones.

On the ceiling, the glasses of the Cubico chandelier by Gaetano Sciolari will take up the range of blues but why not put the impressive lamp with its amethyst from Brazil not far from our work by Bygodt: the facets of the stone are not very foreign to the tingling of the material of our table.

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The painter

Bernard BYGODT (1939 – 2004)

Bernard Bygodt spent his childhood in the Dordogne and in the North, studied plastic arts at the school of Saint-Luc in Tournai and at the Beaux-Arts in Lille. At 20, he was called up for twenty-eight months of military service in Algeria. This experience will deeply mark his approach to life, reinforcing his desire for independence, his refusal of any recruitment and his openness to other cultures. Back in Paris, he participated in salons open to young painters and organized his first personal exhibition in 1965. This was the start of a long series of exhibitions in France, Belgium and Switzerland. His work is generally in the field of lyrical abstraction. In 1968 he moved to Provence and then lived in the Tarn from 1981. He continued his research there alone for more than twenty years, and shared his taste for painting by leading artistic practice workshops in prison, school and community. He died in 2004 following a long illness. An association, “Friends of Bernard BYGODT” will be created later to bring his work to life.

During collective exhibitions, Bernard Bygodt exhibited, among others, with:

Zao Wou-Ki, Olivier Debré, Louis Pons, Pierre Dmitrienko, Arnulf Rainer, Paul Rebeyrolle, Jean Capdeville, Jean Messagier, Bengt Olson, Georges Dumitresco, Sayed Raza, Luis Feito…

Major exhibitions

1965 : Galerie Cimaise de Paris – Paris

1968/1970 : Galerie Transposition – Paris

1968/1969 : Galerie Le Prince Noir – Les Baux de Provence

1969/1972 : CLUB 44 – La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse

1970 : Galerie de l’Abbaye – Bruxelles, Belgique

1974/1977 – Galerie L 55 – Paris

1979 : Galerie l’Été – Paris

1984 :  Centre culturel de l’Albigeois – Paris

1985 : Traveling exhibition in prisons as part of the animation Taul’Art – Nîmes, Avignon, Albi, Marseille, Montpellier

1987 : Musée des Beaux-Arts – Gaillac

1989 : Musée d’art contemporain – Les Baux de Provence

1989 : Musée de Salon et de la Crau – Salon-de-Provence

1990 : Centre culturel Altigone – Saint-Orens

1991 : CIRA – Toulouse

1991 : Galerie l’Été – Les Baux de Provence

1992 : Chai des Clauzades – Lavaur

1993 : Musée des Beaux-Arts – Gaillac

1993 : Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire – Toulouse

1995 : « Reflets Contemporains » – Fonvieille

1996 : Maison Item – Bienne, Suisse

1996 : Les Saveriades – La Sauvetat-de-Savères

1998 : « Regards sur l’art non figuratif », Université Paris X – Paris

2000 : « Reflets Contemporains » – Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

2000 : GREP Midi-Pyrénées – Toulouse

2000 : Participation to the exhibition Olivier Debré, the Loire river and his friends – Gien

2001 : L’Athanor, Scène Nationale – Albi

1999/2000 : Salon d’art contemporain de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

2003/2004 : Salon d’art contemporain – de Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

2004 : Galerie Leroy-Terquem – Paris

2005 : Athanor. Exhibition of the suite « MODIFICATIONS » – Albi

2007 : Musée de Gaillac – Lumière sombre – ombre claire – Gaillac

2007 : Paintings by B. Bygodt and Sculptures by Jean Suzanne – Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue

2008 : Exhibition of reproductions of the Suite “Enfermements-Enfermement/Enclosures – confinement” and reading of texts written by detainees – (National Prisons Day)- Avignon

2009 : Musée du Montparnasse – Bernard Bygodt – Peinture abstraite – Œuvres de 1989 à 2002 – Paris

2009 : Agence Meanings – abstract paintings from 1989to 2002 – Paris

2012 : Act’Al – Exhibition « Enfermements – Enfermement » – Albi

2013 : Galerie « Le Sphinx » – Montauban

2014 : Musée de Gaillac – Rétrospective Bernard Bygodt – Gaillac


Musées d’art moderne de la ville de Paris,

Musées d’art moderne de Salon-de-Provence,

Musée d’art moderne d’Eilat (Israël)

Fond d’Art contemporain de la ville de Paris

Private collections : Allemagne, Angleterre, Belgique, Canada, France, Italie, Suisse, États-Unis

A beautiful authentic 1960 painting at a fair price

This work on panel by Bernard Bygodt has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design and the beauty of the realization, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix to create unique decoration.

Buying works of art from the 1960s is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for this period and the quality of the works of the Second School of Paris.

Additional information
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 65 × 46 cm


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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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