Featured Artists

"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in France in 1928, he died in 2013.

Jean Rustin started his career as an abstract painter in the vein of the “abstraction lyrique” movement that emerged in Paris after World War II. But, from the 1970s onwards, Rustin completely turned his back on abstract painting, which he deemed “too decorative”, and instead started creating figurative pieces, focusing on the human figure. His very dark paintings, which show naked people in empty rooms, have often been linked with the world of psychiatry. They exude a sentiment of strangeness not too distant from Sigmund Freud’s concept of das Unheimliche (“the uncanny”); interestingly, his work has often been compared to that of Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson.