Claire Tabouret - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, November 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • “There’s something about a human face.…[It is] constantly in motion, constantly escaping, constantly mysterious—and painting allows me to paint this state of [being] unfixed.” — Claire Tabouret

    Isabelle Eberhardt in the Sahara desert around 1900
    Getty Images / Apic

    Drawing upon a personal archive of photographs and memories, the LA-based French artist Claire Tabouret creates her paintings with sweeping brushstrokes of muted blues, greens or, like in the striking example La Revenante, yellows. The human being, often represented with evocative colors or dissonant acid hues, is at the centre of Tabouret’s practice. With a subtle fil rouge transcending space and time, her research collects and puts together some key characters and moments in history, bringing them to life through her art. Like others in the artist’s oeuvre, the current work is inspired by Isabelle Eberhardt, an explorer who challenged the notion of gender, ethnicity and religion in a time where it was almost impossible, especially for a woman. During her brief life between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she became an example of cultural tolerance, love and, above all, freedom in all its forms. After publishing short stories under a male pseudonym, she decided to give up her privileged life in Switzerland to explore North Africa and its culture, where she eventually converted to Islam and started dressing like a man. Wearing a veil and looking away from the viewer with fierce eyes, the woman in the painting seems to be elsewhere, suspended in a fragile equilibrium between present and past, disappearance and transition, presence and absence. 


    Claire Tabouret has been honoured with solo exhibitions at international venues including Almine Rech in Paris (2021), Musée Picasso in Paris (2021), Galerie Perrotin in Paris (2021), Seoul (2020) and Hong Kong (2019). Her work forms part of prestigious collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami), Dallas Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Perez Art Museum (Miami), the Pinault Collection, the Yuz Museum (Shanghai), FRAC Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand), FRAC Haute Normandie (Rouen), the Agnes B Collection (France), the Emerige Collection (Paris) and the Leuwen Foundation (Belgium).


    • Provenance

      Galerie Bugada & Cargnel, Paris
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015

    • Exhibited

      Ibos, Le Parvis, Duel au soleil: Une exposition de Claire Tabouret, 16 October 2015 - 16 January 2016


La Revenante

signed, titled and dated ‘C. TABOURET 2015 “LA REVENANTE”’ on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
65 x 50 cm. (25 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2015.

Full Cataloguing

HK$400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for HK$756,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021