Max Papart


Max Papart’s paintings and graphics are suffused with sunny humor and the bright colors of the French Riviera where he was born.

Working in the cubist style, he depicted circus scenes, flirting couples, soaring birds and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes of contrasting colors and textures. Max Papart is considered a master printmaker. He was born in Marseille, France and later moved to Paris where he learned the techniques of classic engraving. In 1960, he added to the classic processes the technique of etching with carborundum invented by his friend Henri Goetz. In following years, Papart taught printmaking at the University of Paris VIII ­Vincennes. He continued making his own plates and supervising the hand printing of his prints until he died in 1995.

One of the most intriguing intellectual concepts which Papart achieves is a window through which the viewer senses the past or future, or even another time or place. It has been said that Papart does not “paint”, he “composes”. His compositions come together in a symphony of line, shape and color.

Papart always believed that each painting has its own meaning and needed no interpretation from him. His paintings, in his own words, “force the viewer to think, and it is for the viewer to respond to the art based on his own personal experiences.”



Biennale de peinture, Menton, 1957

Cinquante ans de collage, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1965

Rétrospective, Musée de Saint-Ouen, 1971

100 artistes provençaux, Musée Cantini, Marseille, 1971

Centro Internazional d’Arte del Polidedro, Rome, 1972

15 peintres parisiens, collection S. Silverman, Philadelphie, 1972

Mostra di Sculture in Vetro, Venise, 1981

Hommage à Jacques Prévert, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1988

Palais de Tokyo, 16 mars – 16 juin 1988

Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Japon, 1989


Principales collections publiques

Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, Nouveau-Mexique
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Yale University ; New Haven, Connecticut
Historical Society of Montana, Helena, Montana
La Jolla Art Center, La Jolla, Californie
Syracuse University, Syracus, New York
Franklin Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvanie
Lowe Art Center, Syracuse, New York
New Orleans Museum of Art, La Nouvelle-Orléans, Louisiane
Jacksonville Art Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Floride
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris
Musée municipal, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Musée d’art moderne, Menton
Musée Cantini, Marseille
Musée des Sables-d’Olonne

Israel Museum, Jérusalem
Musée d’art moderne, Eilat
Musée d’art moderne, Dimona
Musée d’art ontemporain et expérimental, Rehovot

Konstmuseum, Boräs


Max Papart, la vie, l’homme, l’oeuvre, Ed. Vision sur les arts (Marseille), André Caraire et Bernard Plasse, 1975

Max Papart, Jacques Baron, english translation from John Campbell, Ed. J. Goldschmidt “Le Musée de poche” (Paris), 1976

L’oeuvre gravée de Papart, catalogue of the etched work from 1968 to 1979, with a text from the artist on the technique of etching, Michel Bohbot et Stig Johanson, Ed. Galerie International (Stockholm), 1979

Max Papart, l’homme, the artist and the work, Daniel Biry, 1980

Max Papart, Roger Green. Ed. Rizzoli International Publications (New York), 1984-1985

Max Papart, Roger Green, french translation from Robert Marrast, Ed. Cercle d’Art (Paris), 1984-1985