Raoul Ubac was born on August 31, 1910 in Cologne, Germany. He then lived in Malmedy, where he studied to become a Water and Forestry Inspector. In Paris, he gradually became acquainted with writers and artists and was introduced to engraving by Stanley William Hayter in 'L'Atelier 17'. From 1936 to 1939, his activity is closely linked to that of the Surrealists and develops a lot around photography but the war interrupts this work. During the German occupation, he devotes himself to the realisation of large and very meticulous pen drawings, very often representing still lifes that are both objective and strange. In 1946, during a stay in Haute-Savoie, he picked up a fragment of slate whose shape attracted him and with the help of an old nail he engraved a drawing on it. He is fascinated by this new material which he will not abandon anymore, even if the following year, he decides to approach painting. From these two media, he develops his style all in hollow and relief. He became friends with Bazaine and the group 'Peintres de Tradition française' and he turned towards abstraction. Although his works are abstract, they are inspired by two themes: the body and the landscape, which for Ubac are analogically linked.
Text courtesy Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles.
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