Claude Tetot with one of his artworks

Claude Tetot /   Claude Tétot

France 1960

Abstract Art

Claude Tetot
Claude Tétot
March 2, 2018
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Claude Tétot is a French abstract artist whose work expresses harmony in disharmony by exploring the enigmatic unity that can exist between seemingly disparate elements, such as graphic patterns and gestural markings. Tétot was born in 1960 in Angoulême, a small community in southwestern France, and today he lives and works in Savins, just south of Paris.


Tétot is inspired by the search for unexpected harmonies. He could be placed in an aesthetic lineage with Hans Hofmann and Shirley Jaffe. Like Hofmann, Tétot relishes the hand painted mark, and is masterful at expressing depth by allowing contrasts between hues and tints to speak for themselves. Like Jaffe, Tétot employs the white ground of his surfaces as if it is an expression of form, and he fearlessly embraces cacophony, revealing the strange harmonies that exist within apparent contradictions. Tétot then extends beyond the traditions of his Modernist influences. He simplifies his approach, creating compositions that speak abstractly, though directly, to universal themes, such as: chaos vs. order; the hand-drawn mark vs. the graphic pattern; and what is present vs. what is absent. At its most poetic, his work expresses unity between dissimilar elements; it finds beauty in discord.

Claude Tetot - installation view at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Etienne, 2014
Claude Tetot – installation view at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Etienne, 2014


Tétot employs different mediums and methods to achieve different types of attitudes in his compositions. Whether he is making a drawing or a painting, he may employ something like fluorescent acrylics to create a graphic pattern, a hard edged line or a geometric shape. Next, he may use oil paint and traditional brushes to create an expressive, gestural line, or a painterly field of color. The fluctuations between opacity and translucency, and flatness and luminosity, are important to the personality of the work. He has developed the technique of surface preparation so that nuanced differences can be expressed in his white backgrounds. The seemingly empty space on is in fact filled with subtle gradations that emphasizes relationships between colors, and adds depth to the spatial relationships between the various pictorial elements of the composition.

Claude Tetot - installation view at Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Claude Tetot – installation view at Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris

Exhibitions and Collections

Tétot has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. In addition to private collections, his work is in the permanent collections of the National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris and the Regional Contemporary Art Fund, Auvergne.

Featured image: Claude Tetot with one of his artworks
All images courtesy of the artist and IdeelArt

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018UnknownGalerie Ceysson & Benetiere, LuxembourgGroup
2016Claude TetotGalerie Jean FournierSolo
2015Et que la rencontre viveAssociation A vol d'oiseau du cercle, Musee Bernard BoeschGroup
2014Claude TetotGalerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-EtienneSolo
2014Et que l'aventure continue, collection P.Delaunay Musee des Beaux-Arts de BernayGroup
2014Carte blanche a Fabienne Gaston-DreyfusGalerie Brun LegliseGroup
2013Claude TetotMoments Artistiques, ParisSolo
2013Claude TetotGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2013Presque noire et blancheGalerie Jean FournierGroup
2012La ligne passee Abstraction(s)Galerie Bernard Ceysson LuxembourgGroup
2011Claude TetotGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2011Claude TetotGalerie Bernard Ceysson, LuxembourgSolo
2011Claude TetotGalerie Ruth Leuchter, DüsseldorfSolo
2010Les 20ans de la macc, une proposition de Pierre WatMaison d'art contemporain Chaillioux, FresnesGroup
2009Claude TetotGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2009Claude TetotGalerie Bernard Ceysson, LuxembourgSolo
2009Emmenagement, Nathalie ElementoGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisGroup
2009Autour de Pierre BuraglioVilla Tamaris Centre d'art, La Seyne-sur-MerGroup
2009Bagarre Generale - DessinsGalerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-EtenneGroup
2008Cent une Chaises-oeuvres, exposition organisee par Philippe DelaunayMinistère de la Culture et de la Communication, ParisGroup
2008Supports - SurfacesGalerie Bernard Ceysson, LuxembourgGroup
2007Claude TetotGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2007Claude TetotGalerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-EtienneSolo
2007UnknownGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisGroup
2007Le Moment Support - SurfaceGalerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-EtienneGroup
2006Le RingArtotheque de NantesSolo
2005Exposition en entreprises: Price Water House Coopers, Denton Wilde SapteBusiness Object, ParisGroup
2004Claude TetotGalerie Suzanne Tarasiève, ParisSolo
2003Claude TetotGalerie Fernand Leger, Credac,Solo
2003Claude TetotCentre d’art contemporain d’Ivry-sur-SeineSolo
2003Claude TetotEspace Commines, ParisSolo
2002L’Art dans les ChapellesChapelle Saint-Fiacre, MelrandSolo
2001Carte blanche a Pierre Wat, avec Frederique LoutzMaison d’art contemporain Chailloux, FresnesGroup
2000UnknownEspace Commines, Paris Group