Pierre Skira

b. 1938

Pierre Skira was born in Paris in 1938, to the great publisher, Albert Skira. The declaration of war a year after his birth forced a move to the Alps, and then, for a time, to Geneva. His childhood was peripatetic, but gave him an introduction to the giants of art at that time—most memorably, he watched Matisse make his paper cut-outs, and stayed with Picasso for a week in the south of France.

 

In 1954, Skira became a typographical apprentice in a Swiss workshop, which gave him a love of books that he later expressed in his paintings and pastels. Two years later, Skira moved to Paris, where he lived within a community of like-minded creatives, and started to paint, influenced by artists such as Franz Kline, Emilio Vedova, and, in part, Piet Mondrian. However, he soon abandoned an early interest in abstraction and moved to figuration. This later engendered a fascination with still lifes, particularly those of books in a black landscape which were inspired by 17th century studies.

 

Skira exhibited for the first time in 1962, in a group exhibition, then, in 1964, he had his first solo show. These were both held in Paris, at the time of the emergence of New Figuration. He has exhibited extensively since, including with other artists such as Titus-Carmel and Jean le Gac. He has also collaborated with prominent philosophers and writers—among these, Pascal Quignard, Jean-François Lyotard, Patrick Mauriès and Gérard Macé.

 

In 1967, Skira won the Prix de la Biennale de Paris, followed, in 1997, by the Prix International d’Art Contemporain Duc de Valverde d’Ayala Valva, Monte Carlo.

 

In 1975, Skira switched from working predominantly in oil to high-quality pastels, primarily those made by Roché.

 

Recently, Skira has returned to abstraction, producing a series of pastels in which blocked colours fade in and out of a black background. These works were exhibited at the Redfern Gallery in 2016.

 

Skira’s work is held in many important public collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, and the Palais de l’Élysée. He is a writer as well as an artist, publishing La nature morte in 1989. In 2004, he also designed the set for a Berlin staging of Don Pasquale.

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Works

  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 10A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 10A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 11A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 11A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 12A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 12A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 13A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 13A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 14A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 14A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 16A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 16A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    28 x 34 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 17A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 17A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    21 x 15 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 18A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 18A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    21 x 15 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 21A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 21A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    14 x 13 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 23A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 23A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    14 x 13 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 25A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 25A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    17 x 13 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 27A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 27A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    25 x 25 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Vita Infinita 30A<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2018</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Vita Infinita 30A, 2018
    Pastel on board
    33 x 34 cm
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 370<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 370, 2015
    Pastel on board
    52 x 50 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 371 <span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 371 , 2015
    Pastel on board
    52 x 50 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 374<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 374, 2015
    Pastel on board
    34 x 31 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 376<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 376, 2015
    Pastel on paper
    14.5 x 14 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 377<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 377, 2015
    Pastel on board
    14.5 x 14 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 384<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 384, 2015
    Pastel on board
    14.5 x 14 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 391<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 391, 2015
    Pastel on board
    14.5 x 14 cm
    Signed verso
  • <span class=%22title%22>Série Baruch 365<span class=%22title_comma%22>, </span></span><span class=%22year%22>2014-2015</span>
    Pierre Skira
    Série Baruch 365, 2014-2015
    Pastel on board
    97 x 97 cm
    Signed verso

Pierre Skira

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