Jean-Joseph SANFOURCHE

Jean-Joseph SANFOURCHE

Jean-Joseph Sanfourche, born on June 25th 1929 in Bordeaux, spends his childhood in Rochefort-sur-Mer. At the onset of World War II, he moves to Limoges where his father teaches drawing to Air Force Students. Then, at the age of eighteen, two years after his father's death, a factory producing quilted fabric hires him as a manager.

Jean-Joseph Sanfourche, born on June 25th 1929 in Bordeaux, spends his childhood in Rochefort-sur-Mer. At the onset of World War II, he moves to Limoges where his father teaches drawing to Air Force Students. Then, at the age of eighteen, two years after his father's death, a factory producing quilted fabric hires him as a manager.


In 1958, he settles in Paris and works for insurance companies. Though he begins having eye problems, in the middle of the sixties he considers becoming a painter and joins the milieu of avant-garde and conceptual artists. He meets Hervé Fischer, Michel Journiac, and participates in group exhibitions such as Tamaruc (Raymond-Duncan gallery), the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, the Salon des Surindépendants. At that time, the critics start showing interest for his work, figurative and abstract as well. 


He uses varied supports, giving preference to human bones and stones. Thanks to Jean Dubuffet, his falsely naive work, related to outsider art, is enthusiastically received in Lausanne among the collection Neuve Invention, alongside with those of Chaissac, Anselme Boix-Vive, Goux, Pauzié... His totems replete with words, his masks with esoteric writings, his pentacles or talismans amaze with their power of fascination. In 1978, his works on stone are selected to participate in the now historical exhibition Des singuliers de l'art... aux habitants paysagistes.


In Limousin, where he settles back, he is perceived as a representative of magic art. From 1984 onwards, Enzo Pagani regularly exhibits his works in his Museum of Modern Art near Milan. His collaboration with a few master enamellers attracts the attention of François Mathey. He gains a lot of popularity, which will reach its peak in 2003, when a successful seven-month retrospective takes place in Limoges.


Sanfourche, a man of quest and contradiction, fraternal and solitary, leaves after his death, which happened in 2010, harrowing poems, epistolary friendships, thousands of drawings of his own human comedy and a painting of high spirituality, resolutely redemptive, oblivious of a world lost in the sight of its own dissolving.



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