"Pierre Coquet - Abstract Composition (a142)"The French painter Pierre Coquet was born in Limas, near Lyon, in 1926.
In 1942, he was under the tuition of Antoine Chartres, Henri Vielly and Rene Chancrin at the Beaux-Arts school of Lyon. After his graduation in 1945 he joined the art movement named «Sanzime» which literally means «without-ism» ; the idea was to be under the influence of none artistic movement usually ending by «-ism» (like lmpressionism, Cubism…). Sanzisme brought together a happy young generation of artists, all under thirty, who did not wish to be subject to any technique or style. They are between figuration and the renaissance of abstract motives. Their first exhibition took place in a chapel, in Lyon in 1948. The same year Pierre married Françoise Juvin another sanziste painter, whom he met at the Beaux-Arts.
James Bansac, Roger Bravard, André Chaix, Jean Mélinand, Paul Clair, André Cottavoz, Pierre Doye, Jean Fusaro, Françoise Juvin, André Lauran, Edouard Mouriquand, Pierre Palué, Paul Philibert-Charrin, Antoine Sanner and Jacques Truphémus, are the most known painters of this group. ln 1949, Pierre Coquet participated to an exhibition in Geneva, at the Athénée Museum, entitled “Eleven French painters” with Jacques Truphémus and Jean Fusaro.
ln 1950, Pierre met Alexandre Garbell, who encouraged him to join the same art academy located on the Boulevard de Clichy in Paris. After having worked on some «assemblages of objects» reminding of Giorgio Morandi‘s style, Pierre Coquet focused on several subjects : characters in situation, roofs in Paris, boats and beaches in the South of France, he also worked on abstraction, but always come back to figuration. Pierre’s still lives are the mirror of his personality : sincere and modest, he expresses the feeling that «all painters meet the same difficulties in trying to express unspeakable feelings through painting. Everything is possible on the condition to be true». (extract from the book «Les Sanzistes or the rebirth of modernity» by Antoine Vollerin, Editions Mémoire des Arts, 2002)