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Figuration Libre

Figuration Libre (Free figuration) is a French art movement of the 1980s. It is the French equivalent of Bad Painting and Neo-expressionism in America and Europe, Junge Wilde in Germany and Transvanguardia in Italy. The term was coined by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier.

The group was formed in 1981 by Robert Combas, Remi Blanchard, François Boisrond and Hervé Di Rosa.[1] Other figures include Richard Di Rosa and Louis Jammes. Between 1982 and 1985, these artists exhibited alongside their American counterparts Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf in New York City, London, Pittsburgh and Paris.[2]

Figuration Libre (Free Figuration) can be translated as “Free Style”.

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Were sometimes associated with the term Free Figuration even though they were not present in historical exhibitions. The group Bazooka, The Brothers Ripoulin, Muslims smoking and Francky Boy Speedy Graphito, MIX-MIX (group), Rafael Gray, VLP (Vive La Peinture), group Nuklé-Art, Kriki, Kim Prisu, Etherno, Captain Cavern, Dix10 Group, established in 1982 (Roma Napoli and JJ Dow Jones), Didier Chamizo, Placid and Muzo, Juhel, Lhopital Sebastian (Sebastian said), Nina Childress, Frédéric Voisin, Paella Chimicos, Suburb Suburb, Daniel Baugeste, Jerome Mesnager Blek le Rat, Mary Rouffet Miss.Tic Gerard Zlotykamien and Frédéric Iriarte.


  1. Tate online glossary

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