Max Papart (French)
Born 1911, in Marseille, France — Died 1995
Lived and worked in Paris, France
Max Papart's paintings and graphics are suffused with the sunny humor and bright colors of the French Riviera, where he was born. Working in a Cubist style, Max Papart depicted circus scenes, flirting couples, soaring birds, and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes of contrasting colors and textures which suggest many levels of depth. Often he also achieves what has been called a time window effect, through which the viewer senses the past or future. This is not to say that Max Papart is simply a purveyor of superficial entertainment. For all their decorative gaiety, Papart artworks also force the viewer to think.
Max Papart is considered a master printmaker. Upon moving to Paris he learned the techniques of classic engraving. In 1960, he added to the this process the technique of etching with carborundum invented by his friend Henri Goetz.
Max Papart artworks are collected by distinguished art museums internationally.
Le Voyage en Ballon (1963)
Mixed Collage, 19.5" x 25"