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Michel Majerus

Untitled (Violet) (1997) by Michel Majerus (b. 1967, Luxembourg – d. 2002, Niederanven) is a non-figurative, gestural work that appears initially to refer to the language of abstract expressionism. Yet the area of pictorial action is confined to the upper left corner of the canvas, drawing attention to the splashes of paint, and revealing the process of painting. The ‘splash’ motif, which is recurrent in Majerus’ work, alludes to the frantic pace of our modern world and to the pace of visual acceleration in the information age.

Despite the brevity of his career, Majerus built an international reputation, becoming renowned for his large- format paintings that draw upon the colourful iconography of advertising, comic strips and digital art, along with the vocabulary of Pop Art and gestural abstraction. This piece, which is deceptively impulsive in appearance, is the result of a carefully thought out and premeditated execution. What Majerus presents with irony to the viewer is not an abstract painting but the image of an abstract painting, in which spontaneity is staged.


  1. Michel Majerus Halbzeit, 2002

    Acrylique sur toile
    220 x 200 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2002
    © Photo : Galerie Max Hetzler

  1. Michel Majerus Running in Cycles, 2001

    Sérigraphie couleur sur PVC
    500 x 750 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2002
    © Photo : Jens Ziehe, Berlin

  1. Michel Majerus Untitled, 1996

    Huile sur toile
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Dépôt 2019 – Collection American Friends of Mudam, donation de Raymond J. Learsy
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Michel Majerus Untitled (Violet), 1997

    Peinture acrylique sur toile
    300 x 320 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2006 - Les Amis des Musées d’Art et d’Histoire Luxembourg
    © Photo : Jens Ziehe, Berlin

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