Curator: Chantal Colleu-Dumond, Text from Jean Clair
Sam Szafran is an altogether atypical artist, a painter completely without ties, unclassifiable, extraordinary, outside any discernible movement. Possessed of rare sensibility and culture, he has succeeded in converting the many sufferings of a difficult life into a body of work of unique power and virtuosity.
He has produced close to 2,000 works, comprising 800 watercolours and 1,200 pastels of incredible chromatic richness, created with phenomenal dexterity by an artist who has stated that he has “enough to keep me drawing for 400 years”.
“His drawings are pretexts for a perfectly mastered abstract playfulness that animates the inanimate and gives the power of life to the inert”. Jean Clair
Three major themes run through his work in almost obsessive fashion: studio interiors, staircases and plants.
It is obviously his phantasmagorical foliages and arborescences that will be on display at Chaumont-sur-Loire, in an exhibition bringing together many of the artist’s masterpieces on loan from private collections.....