JEANCLOS Georges, sculpture, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 1995

Georges Jeanclos (1933-1997) is one of France’s great twentieth-century sculptors. His work is rooted in the traumatic events of the Second World War. To escape the round-ups that threatened French Jews, his family was forced to hide in the woods; Jeanclos, barely ten at the time, had several close brushes with death. When the country was liberated, he saw the corpses of former collaborationists strung up from lampposts; shortly thereafter, he discovered the skeletal bodies of camp survivors. Decades later, Jeanclos would respond to these seminal events : not by locking himself away in his own experience but by opening up to universality and paying attention to all forms of suffering, past and present ; not by representing horror, but by finding within himself the strength to create beauty.


Jeanclos’ choice medium was clay. He transformed it into thin sheets with which he then shaped human figures. Simultaneously children and adults, men and women, their faces are almost identical. Some are dormeurs resting beneath a coverlet of clay; others are hidden within urns bearing Hebrew letters drawn from the Kaddish; others are boat travelers bound for the Beyond; still others are kamakuras, meditating bonzes lost in contemplation of the soul’s gardens. To all these, Jeanclos would later add Pietas, amorous Adams and Eves, couples tenderly grazing or stroking one another other. His images reveal both the undeniable weakness of human beings and the invincible strength of love; by the simple fact of their existence, they help us to live.


Tzvetan Todorov, 2011

Biography

1933
April 9th   : Birth of Georges Jeankelowitsch.

1940
The family must leave Vichy and hide nearby, in Parot forest.

1944
Tragedy of Guerry, near Bourges, Cher (36 jews, among them George’s aunt and   uncle are arrested by the Gestapo and throw alive in wells in Guerry.

1945
The kid discovers the horror of Auschwitz and Treblinka camps. He does his barmitsva   and learns hebrew in the devastated synagogue in Vichy.

1947
He asks to leave school to become the apprentice of sculptor Robert Mermet. His   father accepts.

1952-58
Studies at Fine arts school in Paris.

1956
His elder brother Gérard is killed during Algeria war.

1959
Laureate of Rome first Price.

1960
He marries Jacqueline Gateau, with who he will have three children Marc, Elisabeth   and Emmanuel.

1964
Back to Paris.

1965
Teacher at Fine arts school of Le Mans.

1966
Teacher at Fine arts school of Paris. Meets Mathilde Ferrer, who will become his   second wife.

1968
existential crisis for Jeanclos, which leads him to question himself on the artistic plan,   As well as professional and personal.

1973
Firsts Dormeurs.

1976
Death of his father. Firsts Urnes.

1979
Budapest Biennale Prize. Begins to travel.

1982
Research and creation studio at Manufacture Royale de Sèvres.

1983
Order of Jean Moulin monument.

1984
Travels to Japan. Back, creates the work Hiroshima and the firsts Kamakuras.

1985
Death of his mother. Order of tympan of Saint-Ayoul church in Provins (France)

1987
Order of a bronze door for Finances Ministry, quai de Bercy. Maya Salvado becomes   his assistant for the big works.

1988
Order of a fount, Place Stalingrad, Paris.

1991
Order by the City of Paris of the fount Saint-Julien-le- Pauvre, square Viviani, Paris

1992
Order by the Guerry wells Souvenir Comity of a commemorative monument.

1996
Order of portal of cathedral Notre-Damede-la-Treille in Lille

1997
March 30th   : Death of Georges Jeanclos.

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Public collections

Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Fonds national d’art contemporain, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France

Musée Cantini, Marseille, France

FRAC Alsace-Lorraine, Haute-Normandie, Champagne-Ardenne, Poitou-Charentes (France)

Fondation du judaïsme français, Paris, France

Centre culturel de l’Yonne, Auxerre, France

Musée de Cambrai, France

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Musée de Tessé, Le Mans, France

Musée d’Ixelles, Bruxelles, Belgium

Fondation Johnson, USA

Jewish Museum, New York, USA

Musée d’Israël, Jérusalem, Israel

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Azabu Juban Community Stores,Japan

Pedestrian Sidewalk, Japan

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Public monuments

1983-84
Memorial monument for Jean Moulin, Champs Elysées, Paris, France

1985
Door of the Ministry of finance, Bercy, Paris

1985
Tympanum over the door of the Saint Avoul Church, Provins, France   

1989
Fountain of the Stalingrad Place, Paris, France

1992
low relief at the Carrières-sur-Seine College, France

1993
Decoration of the entrance of the Department Police Office, Toulouse, France

1994
Memorial monument for the tragedy of the Guerry wells, France

1996
Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre Fountain, Viviani square, Paris

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Personal exhibitions

2011
Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

2010
Galerie Capazza, Art Elysées, Paris, France

2009
Galerie Capazza, Art Elysées, Paris, France

2006
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France

2004
Galerie Capazza, Art Paris, France

2002
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France

1999
Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille, France

« Georges Jeanclos Retrospective », Musée Daubigny, Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

1998
Garth Clark Gallery, SOFA, New York, USA

1997
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Musée Labenche, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France

Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

LARC, Scène Nationale, Le Creusot, France

1995
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Galerie Capazza, Nançay, France

1993
Centre culturel de Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Musée de Tessé, Le Mans, France

1990
Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

Galerie Patrice Trigano, FIAC, Paris, France

1989
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Saintes, France

Le Prieuré d’Airaines, , France

1988
Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel

Musée d’Arad, Israel

Musée de Cambrai, France

Galerie Mira Godard, Toronto, Canada

Galerie Albert Loeb, FIAC, Paris, France

1987
Galerie Woltjen-Udell, Emonton, Vancouver, Canada

Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

Galerie Claude Bernard, New York, USA

1986
Galerie Mira Godard, Toronto, Canada

Maison de la Culture, La Rochelle, France

1985
Centre culturel de l’Yonne, Auxerre, France

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France

1984
Galerie Lanzenberg, Bruxelles, Belgium

Maison de la Culture, Orléans, France

Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

1983
Musée d’Art Moderne, Troyes, France

1981
Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

Osuna Gallery, Washington, USA

Galerie Lanzenberg, Bruxelles, Belgium

1980
Galerie Albert Loeb, FIAC, Paris

Galerie Jade, Colmar, France

Forum Gallery, New York, USA

1979
Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, France

1978
CAC, Pontoise, France

Galerie Lanzenberg, Bruxelles, Belgium

1977
Galerie La Touriale, Marseille, France

Galerie Noella Gest, FIAC, Paris, France

Galerie Lacloche, Paris, France

Centre Georges Pompidou, « Ateliers d’aujourd’hui », Paris, France

Galerie Lanzenberg, Bruxelles, Belgium

Musée de Botrop, Germany

Musée d’Essen, Germany

1974-75
Galerie Shandar, Paris, France

1973
Maison de la Culture, Vichy, France

1966
Oslo, Norway and Köln, Federal Republic of Germany

1964-67
Galerie 9, Paris, France

1960-61
Galerie Jardin des Arts, Rome, Italy

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