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* 13.1.1953 Zurich

Marc-Antoine Fehr was born and raised in Zurich in 1953. Today the artist lives and works between Zurich and Pressy, in Burgundy. He comes from a family of artists from Lausanne and continues the family tradition as a painter. He is the son of the painter Marie-Hélène Clément and grandson of the painter Charles Clément. Surrounded by art, the young Fehr taught himself the artistic techniques from an early age. From the very beginning, his preoccupation with figurative motifs was a matter of course for him, as Cézanne was already the measure of all things for his mother and grandfather. Fehr, always curious, was also inspired by the masters Piero della Francesa, Bruegel, Bosch and Rembrandt, and the literature of Flaubert, Kafka, Beckett, and Dante also had a significant influence on him.

Fehr's works are influenced by everyday life. Thematically, he cultivates the classic genres of still lifes, portraits, certain angles of interiors and landscapes. He makes his surroundings visible and gives simple, concrete situations a presence. For Fehr, the meaningful can scarcely be separated from the everyday and the banal, for the representational in all its materiality has too much meaning for that. His classic figurative themes and formulations may indeed hark back to the early 19th century, to the Romantic period, and thus set him apart from the contemporary themes of his time, but his approach is nevertheless very contemporary. He favours monumental formats. The pictorial motifs he chooses are not subject to any hierarchy. On the contrary, Fehr prefers to disrupt hierarchies by, for example, reversing the proportions and depicting the large as small and the small as large.

SIKART Lexikon zur Kunst in der Schweiz

Caroline Kesser, 1998, aktualisiert 2015

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Lot 3465 - A201 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday 30 June 2022, 05.00 PM


(Zurich 1953–lives and works in Pressy)
Pressy, nuit. 2002.
Oil on canvas.
Signed and dated lower right: Marc-Antoine Fehr 02, as well as signed and dated again on the reverse: Marc-Antoine Fehr novembre 2002.
190 × 250 cm.

CHF 10 000 / 16 000 | (€ 10 310 / 16 490)

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Lot 597 - G60 Swiss Art - Wednesday 15 November 2017, 07.00 PM


Trois tabliers, 1999.
Huile sur toile.
Signé et daté en bas à droite: Marc-Antoine Fehr 1999.
130 x 160 cm.

CHF 3 000 / 4 000 | (€ 3 090 / 4 120)

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Lot 6541* - W253 Paintings (West) - Wednesday 28 June 2017, 03.30 PM


(Zurich 1953 - lives and works in Zurich and Burgundy)
Untitled. 1998.
Gouache on paper.
Signed, dedicated and dated lower center: À Jan Krugier avec toute ma reconnaissante amitié! Marc-Antoine juillet 1998.
28.5 x 44.3 cm.

CHF 1 200 / 1 600 | (€ 1 240 / 1 650)

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