Jean Robert Ipoustéguy (1920 – 2006) was a French sculptor, painter, and writer. Born Jean Robert, he took his mother’s maiden name when he began his art career. After studying with the artist Robert Lesbounit, Ipoustéguy produced work in a variety of media including painting, glass, tapestry, lithography and, most notably, frescoes and stunningly contemporary stained-glass windows for the Église Saint Jacques de Montrouge in France.
After this period Ipoustéguy worked primarily in sculpture. His early work with this medium took on abstract geometric forms, but in the 1960s he began to create more organic forms related to the human figure which he would often merge with architectural shapes in a Surrealistic way. L’homme passant la porte (1966), Ipoustéguy’s sculpture of a man literally passing through a door, is an example of this. Ipoustéguy executed 600 sculptures during his career and received many awards for his work, including the David E. Bright Prize at the 1964 Venice Biennale. His work can be seen in institutions around the world.
Ipoustéguy’s work in media other than sculpture is less well known, but he did create many drawings and paintings throughout his career. He was also involved in the making of a handful of books including, as a writer, works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. As an artist, Ipoustéguy contributed serigraph illustrations for Rond dans l'O et le pessimisme (1976) and writing and drawings for L'Ombre est toujours juvénile (1995). He created a single sculptural artist’s book called Leaders et enfants nus (1969).
Books by Jean Robert Ipoustéguy available from Boreas Fine Art:
Ipoustéguy, Jean Robert. Leaders et Enfants Nus. Paris: Éditions du Soleil Noir. 1970.
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