Shirley Jaffe

First encountered Shirley’s work at the Pompidou Center where a brilliant retrospective of her work (An American Woman in Paris) was installed.

Shirley studied art at Cooper Union Art School in New York, then in Washington. She discovered Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and admired Bonnard’s later work. In 1949, she settled for good in Paris. Her friendships with Kimber Smith, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and many others helped her to discover American abstract expressionism, of which they were the “second generation” representatives in France.

Bernard Saby

First ran across Bernard’s work at La Galerie Les Yeux Fertiles while on vacation in Paris. There is little in English about him on the internet. According to this site (copied and pasted I to Google Translate) Bernard Saby (1925-1975) is a French painter and draftsman. After having studied musical composition in his youth with René Leibowitz, he developed a singular and suggestive abstraction, nourished not only by his research in the field of serial music, but also by his experience of drugs, mescaline or hashish in particular, or again by his in-depth study of lichens and ancient Chinese texts.