Galerie Jean Fournier
The Jean Fournier Gallery was founded in 1954 by Jean Fournier (1922 – 2006). The gallery continues its activity thanks to the support of Jean-Marie Bonnet, its president.
Jean Fournier was the gallery owner of Simon Hantaï, whom he exhibited from 1956. Their close collaboration has continued since the artist’s death in 2008, and the gallery continues to work on the dissemination and research of this great artist. For many years, Jean Fournier also defended American painters who came to France in the 1950s such as James Bishop, Sam Francis, Shirley Jaffe, Joan Mitchell, Jean Paul Riopelle and Kimber Smith.
Since Jean Fournier’s first engagements, the gallery’s choices are mainly oriented towards abstraction and pictorial practices from the 1950s to the present. These fruitful and intergenerational dialogues are the foundation of the gallery’s identity and make it dynamic.
Carried by this prestigious past, the gallery now exhibits painters and sculptors, both European and American, whose artistic practice has been developing since the 1980s and 1990s: Stéphane Bordarier, Didier Demozay, Gilgian Gelzer, Claire-Jeanne Jézéquel, Frédérique Lucien, Pierre Mabille, Jean François Maurige, Peter Soriano and Claude Tétot. Since 2008, the gallery shows again the work of Pierre Buraglio. The gallery is also committed to younger artists such as Nicolas Guiet whose pictorial practice is at the frontiers of sculpture and totally redefines the painting.
From the invitation cards conceived with originality and meticulousness to the monographic catalogs published regularly, the gallery has always paid particular attention to publishing and publications.
Dominique De Beir
Armelle de Sainte Marie