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Emile Gilioli

"The great contribution of the abstract art, it is to render comprehensible that poverty can be it also a kind of richness."


Notes of biography

Son of a shoe-maker workman, Emile Gilioli was born in 1911 in Paris (where he died in 1977).
Like Henri Laurens, he was born at the edge of the channel St Martin. When he was 3 years old, the family left Paris for Mantoue (Italy). There, Emile was employed to forge. After the first world war, the Gilioli’s settled down in Nice. He followed courses to the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and in the same time he was still forging. At 17 years old, he worked with a craftsman sculptor. Two years later - he was 19 years old - he passed the Paris-Ecole-des-Beaux-Arts entrance examination and he joined Jean Boucher’s sculpture atelier.
The chance of his mobilization in Grenoble in 1939, his meeting with the Museum curator contributed to know the cubists and particularly the painter Pierre Closon, one of the rare French artists who personally shared the abstract adventure-beginnings. Gilioli came back to Paris in 1945; he bound to Poliakoff and Deyrolle and took his place in the young abstract school of Paris. He seriously participated in all the exposures of the young sculpture, in France and abroad.
His first personal exposure took place in Grenoble, in 1945. Very early, he got public order (in Isere). One must notice that Gilioli’s work is a remarkable unity: in the form, in the matter, as in the way. The form always turning around the ideality of a egg or a shingle polished. The matter because of the workman he always was. The way, polished, smoothed, to the mirror, that of the craftsman in “the good manners” which he would always be. Gilioli said: “The most beautiful sculpture, it is the sky”. Gilioli or the search of the ideal.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« Gilioli », I. Jianou et H. Lasalle, Arted Ed. d’Art, Paris, 1971 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Gilioli, les grands sculpteurs », Jianou et Lassalle, Arted-Editions, 1971
  • « Gilioli », M. Ragon, Cat., Galerie Veranneman, Bruxelles, 1971
  • « Le monument de la résistance au plateau des Glières », cat., 1976
  • « Gilioli : Sculptures », Cat., Centre G. Pompidou, MNAM, Paris 1979
  • « E. G. - Esculturas », G. Diehl, cat. d'expo., Ed. Museo De Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1981
  • « G. : Tekeningen/Dessins », collectif, cat. , Ed. Stichting Veranneman, Belgique, 1987
  • « Gilioli », collectif, cat. d'expo., Ed. Galerie Sapone, 1987
  • « Emile Gilioli », B. Lorquin et P. Cabanne, Cat., Galerie Dina Vierny, 1988
  • « Emile Gilioli 1911-1977 », P.-L. Rinuy, cat., Ed. Fondation de Coubertin, 1998
  • « Emile Gilioli, sculpteur », T. Dufrêne et M. Pautasso, cat., Ed. Musée Dauphinois, 2007
To read from the artist :
  • « La sculpture, notes et propos », Collection « Le Bien », Robert Morel Ed, 1968
  • « Gilioli par lui-même », cat. d'expo., Ed. Galerie Sonia Zanetacci, 1988
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Art movements

+ SCHOOL OF PARIS / 1945-1960 / Jean Degottex, Georges Mathieu, Nicolas de Staël, etc.
+ NEW REALITIES / 1946-1956 / Etienne Béothy, Marcelle Cahn, etc.
+ MODERN SCULPTURE / 1930-1970 / William Kenneth Armiage, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Naum Gabo, Pablo Gargallo, Isamu Noguchi, etc.
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