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Description: Judit Reigl
(France / Hungary, b.1923)
Informelle Komposition, 1966
pencil signed and numbered 16/40 with blindstamp.

From Ask Art: Judit Reigl was born in 1923 in Kapuvár on Hungary's Austrian border. She has shown consistently in museums and galleries throughout Europe since 1954, the year André Breton declared her 1950 painting They Have an Unquenchable Thirst for the Infinite to be a masterpiece and presented her first solo exhibition in Paris. In 1957, "Toiles nouvelles," a group exhibition at the Galerie Fournier (Kléber), Paris, placed Reigl in the company of Jean Degottex, Sam Francis, Shirley Jaffe, Simon Hantaï, Hans Hartung, Marcelle Loubchansky, Georges Mathieu, Henri Michaux, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Mark Tobey, and Wols.

She was included in the Guggenheim International Award and the Carnegie International, and showed with James Bishop, Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Joan Mitchell, and Agnes Martin, at the Fournier, Rencontres, and Yvon Lambert galleries. While not favored by collectors and critics - except for the most discerning, such as Maurice Goreli and Marcelin Pleynet - she was highly regarded by her fellow artists (Arnulf Rainer among them).

Reigl's recent retrospective at the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts was followed by a concise survey at the galleries of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Besides the important selection at the Centre Pompidou, her paintings are in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. In New York, her works have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Judit Reigl has just turned ninety. During her first forty years, she had led an eventful life, looking for a space to breathe-freely. She found it exactly fifty years ago, in a barn near Paris she turned into a studio by breaking down walls.

23 1/4"H x 16 3/4"W (sight), 27 3/4"H x 21"W (frame)

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May 16, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Indianapolis, IN, US

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