Francois Morellet


François Morellet (1926-2016) was a French Conceptual sculptor and light artist known for his intricate geometric forms and patterns.


Morellet initially made figurative paintings before turning to abstraction, painting a series of crisscrossing lines that formed squares, triangles, and other geometries. He then began to work in sculpture with neon tubes, and co-founded the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel in 1963 to research new modes of artistic expression. His interests in Minimalism and spontaneity have earned him comparisons to Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, and John Cage.


Morellet was notably included in the major 2011 exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Themes & Variations. Script and Space.” He died on May 11, 2016.


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