Roger Desserprit was born on 9 March 1923 in Buxy, Saône et Loire (FR).
He starts studying painting in 1938 and integrates the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris in 1941.
However, the overwhelmingly classic teaching of the Ecole does not suit the artist.

His discovery of the movements of the late 19th century and the early 20th century is essentially
through his readings (Van Gogh, Gauguin) and by his visits to art galleries in the “Quartier latin”
that were exhibiting the works of Derain, Vlaminck and so forth.

THE MADI GROUP
It is through his friend, the poet André Frénaud, that he will meet Ubac, Bazaine and Vieira da
Silva. He will regularly be at the latter’s studio where he is introduced to the South American
artistic community and in particular to Carmelo Arden Quin, who initiated the MADI movement in
1946 in Brazil.

In 1949 he participates to the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (founded in 1946).
In April 1950, the Colette Allendy Gallery organised a MADI exhibition with works by Arden Quin,
Bresciani, Desserprit, Eielson, Vardanega. The exhibition is transferred to the Salon des Réalités
Nouvelles that year, where a room is dedicated to MADI.
MADI theories are based on an abstract aesthetic of geometric type.
Roger Desserprit is clearly a part of the avant-garde of his time.
GROUPE ESPACE AND THE EXHIBITION AT COLETTE ALLENDY’ S
In 1951 is published a non-dated manifesto with the help of the publication Art Aujourd’hui, a
publication founded by one of the Group membera, André Bloc. The 23 signatories including Del
Marie, the president Béothy, Desserprit, Gorin, Jacobsen, Lardera, Schoffer and Vasarely… as well
as architects, claim the integration or the “synthesis of all arts”.
With contemporary techniques, with a non-figurative form of expression that impact directly the
members of the community, the plastic creation must be functional, be in an “Espace Réel” (a real
space).
“An Art that has become spatial by the sensible and modulated penetration of Light in the work of
art, an Art for which the conception and the execution is based on the simultaneity of the aspects
in the non-suggested but tangible three dimensions.”

THE SALON DES RÉALITÉS NOUVELLES
Since 1949, Roger Desserprit exhibits at the Salon that takes place at the Paris Museum of Modern
Art and is concerned with an “abstract/concrete/constructivist/non-figurative art”.

THE 1970’ S WORKS
The 1970’s artworks are in line with the artist’s evolution.
The lines are becoming more flowing, seemingly liberated from the anterior formalism. The light
brings its contribution by its connection to space, abolishing the notions of measure and
technique.

Panel in brushed steel, brass and copper by Roger DESSERPRIT (1923-1985)

Panel in brushed steel, brass and copper by Roger DESSERPRIT (1923-1985)
France. circa 1970. L 165 W 130 CM