Immortelle is a combat exhibition.
Bringing together more than 350 works created by 122 artists born since 1970, it was conceived with the aim of revealing the uninterrupted vitality of young French figurative painting.
The exhibition, of which this catalogue bears witness, affirms a simple truth in all its ramifications: painting is immortal.
So it’s just as pointless to go rejoicing at its return, or regretting it, as it would be to ramble on about the death of literature or music.
No, the ‘Retinal painting’ reviled by Marcel Duchamp has never stopped producing masterpieces.
No, figurative painting is not reactionary and backward-looking.
Yes, over the last half-century our country has given birth to and welcomed painters of talent and even genius.
Yes, these artists had to sail against the tide, discouraged by art schools, despised by institutions, mocked by the majority of influential critics.
Yes, the battle has finally been won; and no, its heroes have not yet been rewarded.
Yes, French painting today is enjoying a golden age.
A Timeless Story
Thomas Agrinier, Arthur Aillaud, Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Rose Barberat, Marcella Barceló, Ronan Barrot, Marion Bataillard, Pauline Bazignan, Adrien Belgrand, Murielle Belin, Anya Belyat-Giunta, Abdelkader Benchamma, Julien Beneyton, Céline Berger, Romain Bernini, Vincent Bizien, Mireille Blanc, Mathieu Boisadan, Fabien Boitard, Katia Bourdarel, Alkis Boutlis, Guillaume Bresson, Benjamin Bruneau, Damien Cadio, David Caille, Corentin Canesson, Hugo Capron, Marion Charlet, Xuteng Chén, Mathieu Cherkit, Sylvain Ciavaldini, Jean Claracq, Daniel Clarke, Neïla Czermak Ichti, Diane Dal-Pra, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, Gaël Davrinche, Benjamin Défossez, Grégory Derenne, Damien Deroubaix, Julien Des Monstiers, Julien Descossy, Inès Di Folco, Raynald Driez, Aurélie Dubois, Alison Flora, Gregory Forstner, Laura Garcia-Karras, Yves Gobart, Orsten Groom, Cristine Guinamand, Elsa Gurrieri, Miryam Haddad, Bilal Hamdad, Charles Hascoët, Thibault Hazelzet, Aurélie de Heinzelin, Nathanaëlle Herbelin, Karine Hoffman, Hervé Georges Ic, Oda Jaune, Sarah Jérôme, Youcef Korichi, Oscar Lefebvre, Frédéric Leglise, Élodie Lesourd, Iris Levasseur, Thomas Lévy-Lasne, Jérémy Liron, Frédérique Loutz, Mathilda Marque Bouaret, Simon Martin, Olivier Masmonteil, Fabien Mérelle, Jung-Yeon Min, Gilles Miquelis, Johanna Mirabel, Filip Mirazović, Marlène Mocquet, Marc Molk, Orlando Mostyn-Owen, Edgardo Navarro, Barbara Navi, Audrey Nervi, Eva Nielsen, Florence Obrecht, Axel Pahlavi, Simon Pasieka, Stéphane Pencreac’h, Lucie Picandet, Guillaume Pinard, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Abel Pradalié, Laurent Proux, Leopold Rabus, Till Rabus, Brann Renaud, Florence Reymond, Pacôme Ricciardi, Raphaëlle Ricol, Cédric Rivrain, Antoine Roegiers, Karine Rougier, Lionel Sabatté, Christine Safa, Milène Sanchez, Louise Sartor, Elené Shatberashvili, Johannes Sivertsen, Apolonia Sokol, Claire Tabouret, Guillaume Toumanian, Ida Tursic et Wilfried Mille, Gaétan Vaguelsy, Marko Velk, Romain Ventura, Thomas Verny, Vuk Vidor, Davor Vrankić, Lei Xie, Rayan Yasmineh, Jérôme Zonder.