Exhibition from the 11th of june to the 13th of november at the Vence Museum, Emile Hugues Fondation, 2 place du Frêne, 06140 Vence, phone : 04.93.24.24.23, open all the days except mondays from 11am to 6pm, fee : 6 €.
For the first time the Lambert's collection showcases a big exhibition around the art work of Robert Combas the leader the Free figuration movement in France. The artistic way of Robert Combas is very atypical. Borns in a communist family he follows artistic studies at the school of Fine - Arts in Montpellier (1975 - 1979). During his studies he creates a new artistic way of painting. His own artistic way is clearly against the conceptual and the minimal art movements who dominate at this time. Robert Combas prefers a new and unconventional esthetic who underline his aims as young adult : the TV, the sex, the rock and the comics. In 1979 he founds with Hervé Di Rosa and Kitty a paper "Bato".
Robert Combas becomes to be well known in 1982 when then Free Figuration movement becomes also to be well known. The name of the movement has been founded by the french artist Ben during the exhibition "2 men from Sète in Nice" he has organized. Robert Combas meets the gallery owner Yvon Lambert in the exhibition organizes by the art critic Bertrand Lamarche -Vadel inside his own apartment. Yvon Lambert had already showcased conceptual and minimal art in France at the end of the 1960's. The gallery owner understands speedly the artistic potentialities of the painter and buys some of his paintings.
The exhibition of 1984 "5/5 free figuration France/USA" gives to the movement of the Free Figuration an international level. The french artists and the Americans graffists from New - York have the same points of views : the vitality of their art work (a colorful and simplified style), a feeling of freedom (rejection of nostalgia and severity) and an attraction for the popular arts (comics). After that the main members of the Free Figuration movement will follow their own artistic way. Robert Combas will meet Geneviève who will become his model and he will integrate art brut and also Arabian and African references inside his paintings