Jean-Claude Prêtre

Switzerland, 1942

Coup de Semonce 1 (2,3,4,5,6,7), 2012

Argentic print with double acrylic glazing
70 x 100 cm
Single edition, 1/1

Signed and dated on verso


To be produced


Excellent condition

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Michel Butor (14 September 1926 – 24 August 2016) passed away a few days before the celebration of his 90th birthday. Butor faithfully accompanied Prêtre with his texts. The first, in 1982, Les Nourritures de la Lumière relates to the response of paint when provoked by the polaroid image.  More recently, a contribution to the Danae Series entitled La Pluie séductrice was edited in 2015.


In 1984, at the Geneva based Galerie Marie-Louise Jeanneret for modern and contemporary art ; the author introduced the beginnings of the trilogy ; Ariane, Danae, Suzanne, trois femmes enlacées pour Jean-Claude Prêtre. He was also present at the artist’s 1991 Suzanne retrospective held at the Lichtenstein Palace Modern Art Museum in Vienna and in 1998, for the Ariane retrospective in the Collégiale of Saint Ursanne. Butor not only wrote in various catalogues but also personally introduced the artist in situ namely in Vienna and in St Ursanne.



Jean-Claude Prêtre, "11 Septembre 2001 / De la Paix", Exposition personnelle au Palais des Nations, 2012, illustrated in colour, pp. 6-9

Jean-Claude Prêtre, "Danae", La Bibliothèque des Arts, Lausanne, 2015, illustrated in colour, pp. 116-117

Biglari (Amir), Desoubeaux (Henri), "Dix-huit Lustres - Hommages à Michel Butor", Classiques Garnier, Paris, 2017, pp. 549-553


"Coup de Semonce" is a suite of 7 works coupling the words of Michel Butor to Prêtre’s images in an attempt through colour and shape to grant the author’s wish to "renew Earth" as described in the final sentence of his poem.

This series has never before been for sale, nor has it been shown in any exhibition. It belongs to the artist who has decided, following the passing of the writer and his faithful friend, to put it on offer exclusively with

About the Artist

The cultural elements that Jean-Claude Prêtre's painting takes charge, only reinforce the extreme sensuality of the work. Here and there the strength of this painting is confirmed. It brings together opposites and pushes them to a sort of confrontation. It ... see the artist page

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