Sculpture Journal

Making friends at the Galerie Maeght: Chillida, Braque and their shared language

Sculpture Journal (2018), 27, (3), 347–360.

Abstract

This article explores the cultural context that the young Chillida encountered in Paris in the circle of the Galerie Maeght from the 1950s onwards. It explores the ideas circulating in this milieu by focusing on his friendship with Georges Braque and their shared interest in French poetry, specifically that of Reverdy and Char. It argues that this poetry continued to play a leading role in the discourse of art in this period as evidenced by its dissemination in the pages of Derrière le Miroir, the Maeght gallery’s journal, to which they all contributed. The surviving documentation, consisting of exchanges of gifts, staged photographs and interviews, allows us to map a remarkable and particularly French cultural environment which retained an international outlook.

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Parigoris, Alexandra