Galerie Jean-François Cazeau

James Rosenquist (USA, 1933-2017)
Detail of Eau de Robot, 1981-1984 (central panels) from 6-panel joint
Oil on canvas
H 274.3 x W 731.5 cm
Signed, dated and titled by the artist on the back
Provenance: Renault Co, Fondation l'Incitation, Paris (commission); Jean Hamon (acquired from the artist);
Succession Jean Hamon
Inventoried in the James Rosenquist Archives under n°84.20
Literature: Adcock, Craig. James Rosenquist's Commissioned Works; Stockholm: Painter's Posters in association with Wetterling Gallery, 1990. (ill. p. 16; ref. p. 20); Saff, Donald, and Craig Adcock, Rosenquist: Moscow 1961–1991; Aripeka, Florida: James Rosenquist, Inc., [1990]. (ill. p. 80); osenquist, James, with David Dalton. Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art. New York: Alfred
A. Knopf, 2009. (ref. p. 280); Diederich, Stephan, and Yilmaz Dziewior, eds. James Rosenquist: Painting as Immersion. With essays by Stephan Diederich, Sarah Bancroft, Tino Grass, Isabel Gebhardt, Tom Holert, Yilmaz Dziewior, and Tim Griffin. Munich, London, New York: Prestel Verlag, 2017. (ref. p. 293)
Exhibitions: Rosenquist, Moscow, oeuvres 1961-1991. Tretyakov Gallery, Central Hall of Artists, Moscow, U.S.S.R., 5 février- 5 mars, 1991; James Rosenquist: a Retrospective, dir. Walter Hopps et Sarah Bancroft. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Fondation, New York et Bilbao, 2003. (ill. p.200-1, ref. 380); Vertiges. Printemps de septembre à Toulouse, Toulouse, France. 23 septembre- 16 octobre 2005, ref. pp 21, 184 et ill. p. 75 et p.4; James Rosenquist: Four Decades, 1970-2010, Paris, Thaddeus Ropac, 10 septembre 2016-7 janvier 2017; Automobile and Culture, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 21 July 1984-6 January 1985

In 1967, the automobile manufacturer Renault starts to commission works by famous artists of the time such as Vassarely, Jean Tinguely, Dubuffet and Simon Hantaï. In 1977 the company decides to create a dedicated fondation for the arts, called the Incitation à la création. Unfortunately, a period of troubles in the the late 1980s forces them to renounce the this enterprise. As a result, this work was given back and then bought from the artist by Jean Hamon. The title of the artwork, Eau de Robot, comes from the lubrifiant Renault used in their assembly line.