13 janvier 1984


Paint on free canvas, 7 painted horizontal strips, alternating black and white, each 38 cm wide (4 + 3) and, at the bottom, 1 15,5 cm partial white strip

Overall dimensions: 281.5 x 243 cm (110 13/16 x 95 11/16 in.)

Black and white alternating regularly, the painting 13 janvier 1984 (13 January 1984) makes of the unstretched canvas the support of a cyclical process: the 38 cm wide horizontal stripes pace a work whose precision is disrupted only by a last white stripe measuring 15.5 cm. The black gloss stripe becomes the reflecting surface that thwarts the absolute monochrome.

Folding, covering and unfolding; this is how Michel Parmentier works to paint this piece that owes its so-called “folding” technique to Simon Hantaï. While the artist repeats this process to create all his stripe works, 13 janvier 1984 has the peculiarity of marking the start of a second period of work for the artist, who stopped his pictorial production between 1968 and 1983.

The painting 13 janvier 1984 by Michel Parmentier was first presented by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.