Solombre, Jean: 1948 (France)

The Artist:

Jean Solombre was born in Paris France in 1948. Solombre is an internationally respected painter, engraver, and writer. Tapestries created from images of Solombre paintings are woven at the atelier Aubsson, in France. The first Solombre fiber art created at Aubsson, was produced in 1979. Solombre, among the finest artists in France, was first acclaimed as printmaker, best known for his handsome richly textured and technically exquisite aquatint engravings which he presented with descriptive original poetry. Solombre's work has been shown in premiere art exhibitions Since 1970 including: The Great and Young of Today, at the Museum of Grand Palais, Paris; The Print Biennial at the Museum Galleria, Paris; and The International Art Fair in Paris, Basel, Dusseldorf, Washington, and New York.

Solombre's printmaking intaglio technique masterfully combines the techniques of acquatint and engraving. These combination works, watercolor paintings, and oil paintings on canvas have been shown in prestigious solo exhibitions at: Jean-Marie Cupillard's la Bijougalerie in Grenoble, La Torte Gallery, Paris; Lahumiere, Paris; L'Empreinte Gallery, Strasbourg; Gallery Oliveier, Lille; Hohenloher Foundation, Langenburg West Germany; Gallery L'Angle Aigu, Bruxelles, Belgium; Gallery 410, New York USA; Frances Aronson Gallery, Atlanta Georgia USA; and the International Art Exhibition in New York, USA.

Early works, represented in our collection, are print portfolios of images and original poetry. The portfolios, sometimes referred to as albums, present both art image and poem suitable for framing. These portfolio/albums are collected by the National Library of Paris where they are part of the National Library's permanent collections. Other permanent collections owning Solombre's works include corporations inculding Coca Cola, IBN and the Bank of America. Museums with permanent collections of Solombre art include: the Musee d'Art of Paris, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in France; Spencer Collection in New York; Museums of Modern Art in Atlanta, in Indianapolis and Georgia, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Art:

Solombre's work is romantic and mysterious in imagery, and rich in technical skill. Portfolios, such as the Le Coeur Memorial, presented below, display artwork filled with symbolism. Egidio Alvaro, curator of the "Rigorous Splendor Five European Painters" at the Paris Art Extension Gallerie, gave insight to Solombre's work in descriptive comments in the Solombre 1975 catalogue. The comments explain: "Solombre works rather on ideas, situations, and tangible extractions. The artist operates on the border of the visible and what has been experienced." The National Library of Paris more recently described the Solombre work held in its permanent collections. Citing the Alvaro catalogue, the library's eloquent material further described the artist saying: "Solombre uses a mixed technique [of] etching and aquatint, an exacting labour cultivating the nuance, which leads to a simplification in which one can hear the resonance of silence and the hollow inscription, in filigree, of the intermediate moments that so often astonish us and almost always dwell within us."

Solombre's visual images invite poetic interpretation. The images, represent introspective reflections through which Solombre intends to evoke "dream states", the heart of works by classical surrealist style artists. However, Solombre's art, differs from traditional surrealist. Solombre makes a conscious effort to give the viewer comfort, which he suggests through soft and luminescent qualities in his images. This presentation is inapposite to frightening fantastic images often found in surrealist work.

Solombre wrote poetry, for each engraving in the Le Coeur Memorable suite. The poem's verses are insightful expressions of thoughts reflected the images. Attention is directed to perceived sensations, particularly sight and sound. And, each stanza crystalizes qualities of strength presented in the pictures -- art representing and celebrating natural earth forces such as a Solombre pending storm, or an exquisite calm sea.

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Jean Solombre. Image of a Circus Tent. From Le Coeur Memorable Suite. A suite of 8 engravings each accompanied by a poem written by the artist. 78/20. Aquatint Engraving. The paper size is 22" x30". The engraving was published in 1978 in Paris. The engraving is signed and numbered in pencil. The paper is Arches and has deckled edges. This monochromatic work is inked with lush, rich color and texture. It, like each images in this suite, is art about intermediate moments and self introspection. This circus tent image is magical and mystical. The engraving is accompanied by a poem which directs the viewer from dream to reality. The suite is dedicated to Solombre's father and celebrates life. Artwork, margins and surfaces, is in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

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Jean Solombre. Poem for the Tent Image. The paper size is 22" x 30". The poem is written in French. Translation to English is available on request. The Poem Page is written on deckel edged Arches paper. The Poem Page is suitable for framing. Margins and surfaces are in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

The Aquatint and Poem, Two Pages together $1,850.

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Jean Solombre. Landscape: Field with Trees. From Le Coeur Memorable Suite. A suite of 8 engravings each accompanied by a poem written by the artist. 78/120. Aquatint Engraving. The paper size is 22" x30". The engraving was published in 1978 in Paris. The engraving is signed and numbered in pencil. The paper is Arches and has deckled edges. This monochromatic work is inked with lush, rich color and texture. It, like each images in this suite, is art about intermediate moments and self introspection. This field and tree image is magical and mystical. The engraving is accompanied by a poem which directs the viewer from dream to reality. The suite is dedicated to Solombre's father and celebrates life. Artwork, margins and surfaces, is in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

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Jean Solombre. Poem for the Field Image. The paper size is 22" x 30". The poem is written in French. Translation to English is available on request. The Poem Page is written on deckel edged Arches paper. The Poem Page is suitable for framing. Margins and surfaces are in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

The Aquatint and Poem, Two Pages together $1,850.

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Jean Solombre. Landscape: Field with Clouds. From Le Coeur Memorable Suite. A suite of 8 engravings each accompanied by a poem written by the artist. 78/120. Aquatint Engraving. The paper size is 22" x30". The engraving was published in 1978 in Paris. The engraving is signed and numbered in pencil. The paper is Arches and has deckled edges. This monochromatic work with browns greys, purples and greens is inked with lush, rich color and texture. It, like each images in this suite, is art about intermediate moments and self introspection. This field and clouds image is magical and mystical. The engraving is accompanied by a poem which directs the viewer from dream to reality. The suite is dedicated to Solombre's father and celebrates life. Artwork, margins and surfaces, is in pristine condition.Close-Up | Closer

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Jean Solombre. Poem for the Field with Clouds Image. The paper size is 22" x 30". The poem is written in French. Translation to English is available on request. The Poem Page is written on deckel edged Arches paper. The Poem Page is suitable for framing. Margins and surfaces are in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

The Aquatint and Poem, Two Pages together $1,850.

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Jean Solombre. Sea: Calm Sea with Reflections. From Le Coeur Memorable Suite. A suite of 8 engravings each accompanied by a poem written by the artist. 78/120. Aquatint Engraving. The paper size is 22" x30". The engraving was published in 1978 in Paris. The engraving is signed and numbered in pencil. The paper is Arches and has deckled edges. This monochromatic work is inked with lush, rich color and texture. It, like each images in this suite, is art about intermediate moments and self introspection. This sea with reflection image is magical and mystical. The engraving is accompanied by a poem which directs the viewer from dream to reality. The suite is dedicated to Solombre's father and celebrates life. Artwork, margins and surfaces, is in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

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Jean Solombre. Poem for the Sea Image. The paper size is 22" x 30". The poem is written in French. Translation to English is available on request. The Poem Page is written on deckel edged Arches paper. The Poem Page is suitable for framing. Margins and surfaces are in pristine condition. Close-Up | Closer

The Aquatint and Poem, Two Pages together $1,850.

See Corneille:French Artist.
Contact us to see other available engravings by Solombre, not shown on our site at this time.






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