Mixed technique on canvas. Armand Fernandez, stage name Arman, was born in Nice in 1928. He is remembered as one of the most significant and influential members of the artistic movement 'Nouveau Réalisme', the European declination of the American New Dada. The Nouveau Réalisme was founded in 1960 in France by the critic Pierre Restany. The members of the nouveaux réalistes group tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works - as they sought to bring life and art closer together. They declared that they had come together on the basis of a new and real awareness of their 'collective singularity', meaning that they were together in spite of, or perhaps because of, their differences. But for all the diversity of their plastic language, they perceived a common basis for their work; this being a method of direct appropriation of reality, equivalent, in the terms used by Pierre Restany, to a 'poetic recycling of urban, industrial and advertising reality'. Artists of Nouveau Réalisme sought out to strip art of previously thought standards that art had to mean something, they could take any object beyond its preconceived notions and present it as itself, and thought it could still be considered art. Many of them also sought to break down the glamorization of artists producing their craft in private, and due to this often times art pieces were produced in public. The work comes from the artist's studio in New York and is certified by the email of Fondation A.R.M.A.N. showing also the file number. Fondation A.R.M.A.N. is currently the only institution having the right to issue certifications for Arman's works. A picture of the painting signed by the artist and showing the file number, title, dimensions and technique is enclosed. On the back of the picture there is the stamp of the Art Gallery Dante Vecchiato which was a reference point for the distribution of Arman's works in Italy in the early 2000.
Artist Fernandez Arman (1928 - 2005)