The Cyzer gallery is pleased to present our autumn exhibition showcasing the work of Robert Marc, a recently rediscovered French post-Cubist who painted in the second half of the 20th Century. The works in this new exhibition, executed between 1960 and 1990, had remained hidden from the public eye for 20 years before they were first exhibited in our Bruton Street gallery in 2011. This will be only the second time they are on view to the public, but also available for sale to both familiar international connoisseurs and a new UK audience.
Born in Auxerre, Marc spent his youth in Switzerland before returning to France to study art. An experimental artist, he enjoyed working across diverse mediums. His inspiration stemmed from the museums of Europe where he studied early Modernism. Whilst Paris in the 1960 was the backdrop to his formative years as a painter, he preferred to painting in his studio in the French countryside, where the majority of these works were executed. Although the paintings show a close affinity with his French Cubist predecessors – Braque and Picasso – he developed his own unique style which was strongly influenced by the Russian Constructivits.
During his career, Marc exhibited in France and internationally, including shows in New York and Tokyo, developing a wide following throughout Europe, Japan and then the United States until his untimely death in 1993.
Barry Friedman, an influential New York dealer of more than forty years’ experience, discovered Marc in the early 1980’s. A series of Robert Marc exhibitions were presented during the 1980’s and 1990’s at the Barry Friedman Gallery and we are most grateful for Barry’s foreword to the exhibition catalogue, which gives us a very personal insight to Marc the man and the painter.
With a strong secondary market, today Marc’s paintings are found in private and public collections internationally. We hope that this London show will expand his collecting base and give the public an opportunity to explore Marc’s extraordinary oeuvre.