THE ARTIST MAX BUCAILLE, ALWAYS IN MOTION.
Born in Sainte Croix-Hague near Cherbourg on June 30, 1906, he led a life dedicated to the quest for the "true place" at the end of a reverie, a reverie dear to Gaston Bachelard, his favorite philosopher, alongside his career as a mathematics professor in Val de Marne.
Author of surrealist poems and collages from 1930, he collaborated on art journals and publications from the years 1936-1939.
When the war broke out, he was assigned to the 3rd COA Section on September 5, 1939. Captured in Mordelles, he was interned in Czechoslovakia on June 17, 1940, at Stalag IV C until May 15, 1945, when he was liberated by the Allies. During his captivity, he continued to draw surrealist works with a pencil.
He became a member of the Revolutionary Surrealist Group from 1947 to 1949, along with Nöel Arnaud, Jean Laude, Christian Dotremont, Joseph Istler, Asger Jorn...
While continuing to indulge in collage, his palette enriched itself with painting and sculpture. He created a new painting technique: photopainting, with numerous experiments in the darkroom...
From his encounter with Emile Malespine, a friendship was born, along with exchanges and the confrontation of techniques. Bucaille regularly visited Clairefontaine in Yvelines, in Malespine's old house, in this haven of peace, a magical place where paintings and sculptures were born.
He was one of the founders and most prominent representatives of the international group "Fantasmagie." He is presented as one of the masters of fantastic realism. He was also a member of the College of Pataphysics.
ARTIST AND MATHEMATICIAN
Mathematics had a significant influence on his compositions, some of which are clearly transpositions of "artistic" mathematical curves.
this modest man had no limits to his curiosity. and this curiosity far exceeded the scope of his art. passionate about the fantastical, he was curious about irrational mathematics, curious about the wise philosophers of the east...
An entire lifetime dedicated to pursuing an exciting inner adventure, creating an exceptional body of work.
Surrealism, a literary and artistic movement, was born after the first world war. andré breton defined surrealism in the manifesto of surrealism published in 1924 as "pure psychic automatism by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or in any other way, the real functioning of thought. dictation of thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, outside of any aesthetic or moral concern."
some intellectuals, including christian dotremont in belgium, believe that the surrealist movement is at a standstill, frozen. after the second world war, dissident protesters founded the surrealist-revolutionary movement in 1947.
gathered for the first time in Brussels on October 29, 30, and 31, 1947, in an international conference, the surrealist-revolutionary group in belgium, the experimental group from denmark, the surrealist-revolutionary group in france, and the ra group from Czechoslovakia recognized several points, notably that on the national level, the communist party is the only revolutionary institution.
many artists participated in the magazine "Revolutionary Surrealism," including Oscar Dominguez, Pierre Soulages, Edouard Jaguer, René Magritte, Tristan Tzara, and Raoul Hausmann...
SEE THE ILLUSTRATED WORKS OF MAX BUCAILLE
Numerous written publications about the artist or illustrated.
Creator of a poetic and surprising world that leaves no one indifferent. His paintings, drawings, collages, whether poetic, analytical, political, automatic, dreamlike, aporetic... are a call to inner journey.
THE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Bucaille invites us to dream, to follow him into his world, on the path of the imaginary where anything can happen.
Max Bucaille left us on April 1, 1996.
AN ARTIST ALWAYS IN SEARCH AND MOTION.
Creator, researcher, tireless experimenter, he never ceased to perfect his techniques. Always in motion like his work, with a desire to constantly innovate, surpass himself, question everything—life, his work...
In contrast to static painting, Bucaille's expresses movements, explosions, the creation of worlds, mineral waves, abysses, a world in gestation, waves of colors, cosmic painting, cosmic chaos—everything is in motion.