30 Octobre 1966


Paint on free canvas, 7 painted horizontal strips, alternating blue and white, each 38 cm wide (4 + 3) and, at the bottom, 1 13 cm partial white strip

Overall dimensions: 274 x 209 cm (107 7/8 x 82 5/16 in.)

This painting on unstretched canvas stacks seven horizontal bands, alternating four blue bands and three white bands, measuring 38 cm in width. Below, a 13 cm wide partial white band ends the canvas.

This work, entitled 30 octobre 1966 (30 October 1966), belongs to the early production of Michel Parmentier, who, in late 1965 began systematising a pictorial exploration that tended to objectivity. He then painted coloured bands separated by a 38 cm interval, which changed from one year to the next only in colour. For three years he devoted himself to these paintings, then resumed this work in 1983.

One of the first manifestations of the systematic artistic process of Michel Parmentier, the painting 30 octobre 1966 was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.