Press Release

 Christophe AVELLA-BAGUR          Les Pleureuses              October 24 – December 2, 2020


The seventeenth solo exhibition of Christophe Avella Bagur at Galerie Richard entitled «Les Pleureuses» from October 24 to December 2, 2020 consists of sixteen works in Indian ink on paper made during the coronavirus epidemic in 2020.


On a recent video the artist presents his new work:

“The Mourners series, which is part of the FS Face Series, Floating Souls, is a series on Chinese ink paper only, of large sizes ranging from two meters by three meters to fifty by sixty-five centimeters, where women, these weeping women will not only cry, most of them do not cry;

it will be the paint that will cry, the paint that will gush out by water, by brushstrokes, with a saving of means. I chose the Chinese ink because it’s black and white worked in washes with a kind, not stratifications like in oil paint, but transparencies...”


Because Christophe Avella Bagur was from the beginning part of the line of the great painters who mark their time, he continues the revival of figurative painting by treating almost exclusively a subject: the human being. 

Here he abandons the problem of transplanting human souls into standardized bodies and returns to very real, isolated people with their irreducible singularity

he oxymorical opposition between the fragility suggested by the softness of the transparencies of fluid and light matter of the Indian ink in wash, and the strength rendered by the powerful contrast in the absolute black of the Indian ink and the white of the paper, accurately express the complexity of human nature.


Christophe Avella-Bagur was born in Avignon in 1968. He obtained a DEA in Plastic Arts at the University Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris in 1992. He has exhibited at Galerie Richard since 1992. He regularly exhibits in Paris, New York, Belgium, China

His works are in the collections of the Museum of New Art, Detroit, Michigan, USA, the National Museum of Shi Jia Zhuan, China, the Borusan Art and Culture Center, Istanbul, Turkey, the Colas Foundation, Boulogne-Billancourt, the Collection of the Villa Tamaris Art Center, La Seyne-sur-Mer, the Town Hall of Grande-Synthe, Grande-Synthe…