Jacques Germain was a prominent member of the Abstraction Lyrique group in post-war Paris, with Georges Matheiu, Vieira da Silva, and Riopelle.
As a young artist, he worked under Léger at the Académie Moderne in 1931, and Kandinsky at the Bauhaus in 1932. But it wasn’t until after the war that Germain first exhibited his work, at the Salon des Indépendants of 1947. Painting with heightened gestural expression, Germain developed the powerful resonant style for which he is renowned.
By 1948, Germain was already becoming associated with the leading avant-garde, exhibiting with Arp, Bryen, Fautrier, Hartung, Mathieu, Picabia, Tapies and Wols in ‘Blanc et Noir’ at Galerie des Deux Iles in Paris. In 1949, he held an exhibition with Soulages at Atelier de Maywald, and at the same venue in 1951 with Bauer, Sonia Delaunay, Hartung, Kandinsky, Magnelli, Soulages and da Silva. Establishing a reputation, he went on to hold regular solo shows at galleries Maeght, Pierre, Michel Warren, Kriegel, André Schoeller, Jacques Massol and Dina Vierny.
He also participated in many museum shows in France and abroad.
Exhibitions Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France, 1947 Galerie des Deux Iles, Paris, France, 1948 Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France 1949 Atelier de Maywald, Paris, France, 1949 Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France Galerie Kriegel, Paris, France Gallerie Maeght, Paris, France Galerie Jacques Massol, Paris, France Galerie Pierre, Paris, France Galerie Michel Warren, Paris, France Galerie André Schoeller, Paris, France Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris, France Galerie Michel Warren, Paris, France Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1955 Le Mouvement dans l'art Contemporain, Musée de Lausanne, France, 1955 Exposition Internationale de l’Art Abstrait, Paris, France, 1957 École de Paris, Mannheim, Germany, 1959 Irish International Exhibition of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 1962 Retrospective, Couvent des Cordeliers, France, 1997 Hanina Fine Arts, London, England, 2005
Museums/Collections: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France Musée d’Art Moderne, Bremen, France Musée d’Art Moderne, Bergen, France Musée d’Art Moderne, Lausanne, France Musée d’Art Moderne, Lille, France Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris, France Musée d’Art Moderne, Oslo, Norway