François Morellet was certainly one of the most important figures on the French art scene of the last 60 years. He had participated in the creation of the Visual Art Research Group in 1960. His journey, in the fascinating space of geometric abstraction, his work on light, whose limits he constantly redefined and pushed, was guided by the quest for ever more demanding simplicity. This sobriety aimed to touch the essential in art and space.

In 2010, The spirit of stairs, a public commission, brought it into the Louvre Museum during his lifetime, discreetly but powerfully.