Olivier Debré

1920 — 1999

Olivier Debré was a French artist, representative of lyrical abstraction

He studied history and architecture, in 1939 he became a student of Le Corbusier. In 1943, under the influence of Picasso began to paint. After 1945, became close to representatives of non-figurative art Serge Poliakoff, Nicolas de Staël, Pierre Soulages. Deeply embraced the experience of American abstract expressionism (Mark Rothko).

In 1967, with a large-format ornamental canvas painted for the French pavilion, it was presented at the Expo 67 in Montreal; in 1970 participated in the Expo in Tokyo. In 1980-1985 he taught at the Paris College of Art.

He was engaged in stained glass. Illustrated books by authors such as Francis Ponge, Julien Gracq, Bernard Noel. He made theater curtains for Comédie-Française (1987), Hong Kong (1989) and Shanghai (1998) opera houses.

In 1997, in collaboration with the choreographer Carolyn Carlson, he created the ballet Signs for the Paris Opera (resumed in 2000 and 2003 at the Bastille Opera). In 1998 he was awarded the Benois de la Danse Prize for this work.

In 1995, a large retrospective exhibition of the artist took place in the Paris “Ballroom”.