Through his striking modernity, Pierre Soulages has emerged as one of the major figures of contemporary art. From Paris to New York, this tireless explorer of “Outrenoir” (Beyond Black) has devoted his career to black and the energy that emanates from it.
This documentary offers a portrait of the painter from an original angle: Soulages himself looks back on his work and his quest for light. The approach is both autobiographic and poetic, allowing us to discover his place in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, while at the same time acknowledging its timelessness.
Thanks to archive footage and interviews with figures in the art world, this documentary is a tribute to the prodige of abstract painting.
Direction: Stéphane Berthomieux
Production: Les Films d'ici Méditerranée, Les Films d'ici for ARTE France.