Ode Bertrand

About the artist

Ode Bertrand proceeds by “families of works,” as she likes to put it. Obstacles encountered while working are what trigger the next painting—and the series comes to an end once her eye is no longer surprised. Although she doesn’t make color her credo, it is occasionally present in her oeuvre, and it often underscores the line as interstice between two colors. She refers to her paintings as presences—what remains when everything else is removed—and she hopes they will be marked by a mystic presence. Impasto and dense layering are not part of her agenda, and yet some paintings are elaborated that way, more to refine the value of hue than to play on transparency (because there isn’t any transparency). What is certain, however, is that here we are a long way from flashy aesthetics, and that this show obliges the eye to take things slow.

Ode Bertrand is born in 1930 lives and works in Paris

Latest main exhibitions

2017 Musée d’Art Contemporain, MACBA, Buenos Aires (Argentine)
2016 Fondation Louis Moret, Martigny (Suisse)
2015 Rythme et lumière, Lee-Bauwens Gallery, Art’Loft, Bruxelles (Belgique)
2010 Géométrie et Couleurs, Musée de Sens (France)
2007 Permanences de l’abstraction géométrique aux Réalités nouvelles,
Château de Tours (France)

Works in museums and public collections

_Museo civico d’arte contemporanea, Calasseta, Italie
_Musée de Mâcon, France
_Musée de Montbéliard, France
_Musée de Cambrai, France
_Musée de Neuchâtel, Suisse
_Musée de Tomé, Japon
_Musée de Hünfeld, Allemagne
_Musée National Gwangju, Corée du Sud
_Musée MACBA, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Buenos Aires, Argentine
_Centre National Georges Pompidou, France


Les Gris I, 2016

Les Gris I, 2016

Huile sur toile
80 x 80 cm

Alternance IX 2004

Alternance IX 2004

Acrylique sur toile
30 x 30 cm

"Pliage IV" 2018

acrylique sur toile
50 x 50 cm