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Philippe Carpentier

Date of birth : 1942

Date of death : 2011

Country : France

Painter Philippe Carpentier has a deep love of the sea and uses the liquid element in all its forms: watercolour, Indian ink, distemper, water mixed with glue. From Japan, he came back with a fondness for beautiful paper, on which he explores his much vaunted “watery medium”. Ever since he met the famous calligrapher, Shunso Machi, in 1982, he has retained an attachment to authentic brushwork, brushwork that refuses any amendment and guarantees total sincerity. His preference for broad surfaces is inspired by the Japanese screens. The reference to woodcuts is emphasized by the way he divides the picture-plane into panels and treats his colours in superposed stretches of water and cloud.


Ginza Museum, Tokyo, UNESCO Paris