30 Janvier 1968


Lacquer Poppy red Ripolin on free canvas

251 x 229 cm (98 13/16 x 90 3/16 in.)

Bright red and white superimpose on unstretched canvas in the work 30 janvier 1968 (30 January 1968) by Michel Parmentier. Here, the artist alternates, as per his habit, 38 cm-bands, choosing to work in 1968 with poppy red Ripolin lacquer. A last crimson band completes the work, its narrowness giving the feeling that this simple repetition of two-tone bands could be continued to infinity.

The repetitive process that characterises this 1968 work exemplifies Parmentier’s artistic beginnings: starting from 1966, he systematises his pictorial exploration by painting coloured bands at regular intervals, using just one colour a year – bleu in 1966, grey in 1967, red in 1968.

A work rejecting all pictorial expressiveness, the painting 30 janvier 1968 by Michel Parmentier is emblematic of the pictorial philosophy of the BMPT group, of which he is one of the founders. It was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.