The French painter Gérard Fromanger died this Friday, June 18 at the age of 81.

The Academy of Fine Arts announced his disappearance on the social network Twitter, expressing his “emotion”.

It is with emotion that the Academy of Fine Arts learned of the death of painter Gérard Fromanger. In 2019, he inaugurated the new exhibition policy of the Marmottan Monet museum – @AcadBeauxarts, carte blanche to contemporary artists, “Unexpected dialogues”.

Descendant of a long line of painters, Gérard Fromanger had been part of a group of artists who had formed in the 1960s the movement of Narrative Figuration, an artistic movement attached to the creation of stories. He was one of the most emblematic figures of this movement, opposed to abstract art.

In 2016, Gérard Fromanger was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the contemporary art museum of the Center Pompidou in Paris. Familiar with intellectuals and artists, such as Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Prévert and Alberto Giacometti, he had been marked by the events of May 68. During this period he had founded the Atelier populaire des Beaux-arts, which had produced hundreds of militant posters.

Born in 1939 in Pontchartrain (Yvelines), Gérard Fromanger has nourished his art of travel, from the United Kingdom to China, to Japan and the United States.