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Pierre Jacob, known as Pierre Tal Coat, is a French painter born in 1905 and died in 1985. Throughout his career, he never stopped reinventing his style. In his youth, he was figurative, then cubist and then, while living at the foot of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire during the Second World War, he became interested in abstract painting, going so far as to produce paintings bordering on the monochrome. His inspirations are also multiple: Romanesque art as well as the portraits of Fayoum or the cave of Lascaux. All the landscapes inspire him, from his native Brittany to Provence through Spain. After the war, in 1947, he was spotted by Clement Greenberg in the United States during an exhibition where he exhibited alongside Fautrier, Dubuffet and Hartung. In 1970, his wife died. Tal Coat briefly stopped painting before returning to it. He is said to have produced between 4,000 and 6,000 works during his lifetime.

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