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Frederic BENRATH

Date of birth : 11 / 09 / 1930

Date of death : 17 / 04 / 2007

Country : France

Born in Chatou (France).

Frédéric Benrath demonstrates the insistent romantic spirit of informal art (a term used by the art critic Tapié to refer to spontaneous art that emphasises the movement of the hand).

In the early 1950s, Benrath’s paintings were made by scratching the canvas in various ways. This produced a shocking effect that was reminiscent of other informal painters like Soulages and Hartung.

Since 1956, Benrath became the most famous of the Nuagiste (Cloudist) group, and painted large, dark and horizontal surfaces bathed in light. Finally, he gave up apply paint in a controlled manner, and instead allowed the paint to spread slowly across the canvas, a technique he called the “flowing change of the picture"