Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, shares her emotion and sadness at the loss of world-renowned painter Geneviève Asse.
Upset by the defeat of 1940 and her intimate experience of the exodus, Geneviève Asse decided to join the Red Cross, in parallel with her studies at the National School of Decorative Arts.
During the fighting for the liberation of Paris in 1944, she joined the French Forces of the Interior, where she served as liaison officer, before joining the French Army as an ambulance driver. During the terrible battles of the winter of 1944-45, she displayed the courage and dedication that earned her the War Cross.
From 1946, Geneviève Asse devoted herself to painting, and under the influence of Jean Siméon Chardin and Paul Cézanne, her first favorite subjects were landscape and still life. His exchanges with Serge Poliakoff, Nicolas de Staël, and Geer Van Velde gradually led him to abstract painting.
His work then took the form of an intense chromatic research around the blue, which led him, according to many modulations, to create a new color, the blue «Asse».
Her work, which she describes as “meditative” and “spiritual”, owes much to the landscapes and light of the Gulf of Morbihan, her homeland. Geneviève Asse donated a large part of her work to the Vannes Museum.
Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin extends her sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.