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  Sam Szafran Obsessions of a painter,
Orangerie Museum

IN TOWN - In TOWN

The genius staircase spirit of painter Sam Szafran

By Laure Vernière*

Sam Szafran  Laure Vernière Pucci de Rossi
Sam Szafran, Laure Vernière, Pucci de Rossi 1981 ©AnnGarde

I  first came to know Szafran's work through Anne Garde, who in the 1980s was the appointed photographer   of the multiplied and dizzying series of the staircase at 54 rue de Seine, where the poet Fouad-El Etr, creator of the magazine La Délirante, a close friend and accomplice of Sam Szafran, published.   What delighted me  is how the pictorial space moved and attracted the ramps, the skylights, the windows and the trees opposite.  Offbeat realism, reorganized in perpetual motion, became the creation of an unknown world of incredible modernity.

When I met Sam, I understood that he was an integral part of these geometric and wandering staircase dances, that his brain, his hand, his legs, his eyes and his laughter, which I still hear today, controlled  a demanding and diabolical choreography.

 

Later, his obsession with oversized plants will be a violent song of ferocious love for nature. Szafran could be violent and ferocious, but generous, like nature!

Sam Szafran, escalier,  pastel
Staircase, pastel on paper 1981-1982
Untitled, (rue de Seine staircase) pastel on paper 1981
Sam Szafran, escalier,  pastel
Staircase with Jacques Kerchache, François Barbâtre, and the artist  1993 
watercolor on silk 
staircase, watercolor on silk 
Sam Szafran, escalier,  aquarelle sur soie
Sam Szafran Intérieur II, atelier de la rue Crussol
Interior II, studio in rue Crussol
Interior, studio in rue Crussol
San szafran Intérieur, atelier de la rue Crussol
Sam Szafran, Aquarelle, fusain, crayon sur papier
Watercolor, charcoal, pencil on paper
Greenhouses and foliage - the invasion from within
Sam szafran, vue de l'exposition
Sam Szafran, vue de l'exposition
view of the exhibition
Lilette in the plants, 1987, Watercolour, charcoal, pencil on paper 
Sam Szafran, Lilette dans les plantes 1987 Aquarelle fusain crayon sur papier
vegetation in the studio, 1980 Watercolor and pastel on paper
Sam Szafran, Lilette dans les plantes 1987 Aquarelle fusain crayon sur papier
Untitled, Lilette in the plants Watercolor, charcoal, pencil on paper
Sam szafran, Sans titre, végétation dans l'atelier, 1980 Aquarelle et pastel sur papier
Sam szafran Sans titre, végétation dans l'atelier, 1980 Aquarelle et pastel sur papier
Tribute to Jean Clair for his exhibition Cosmos
Orangerie Museum, Paris - Sam Szafran, OBSESSIONS OF A PAINTER 
Until January 16, 2023
Police station Drost

*Laure Vernière a travel writer for the texts accompanying the photographs of Anne Garde, but also a poet and painter: collages, paintings, visual poems, polaroids which are exhibited in France and abroad.  

Sam szafran and Fouad-El Etr
©AnnGarde