Geneviève ASSE


Born in 1923 in Vannes
She passed away in August 2021 at the age of 98
She has been exhibiting at the Oniris gallery since 1995



2020 : Bleu, 6th solo show, Galerie Oniris, Rennes
+ Galeristes art fair, Anthologie de l’Art Français section, Paris

2018 : Art Paris Art Fair, solo-show stand Oniris

2015 : Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

2014 : Peintures, solo exhibition, galerie Oniris, Rennes

2013 : Peintures, solo exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris
+ Musée de la Cohue, Vannes

2011 : Musée Fabre, Montpellier

2010 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Rouen

2009 : Cabinet des estampes et dessins – Biennale internationale de la gravure contemporaine, Liège, Belgique

2008 : Musée Lambinet, Versailles
+ Vitraux de la collégiale Notre-Dame, Lamballe

2006 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Quimper

2004 : Musée de la Cohue, Vannes

2003 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Rennes

2002 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Tours
+ Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris

1999 : « L’art dans les chapelles », Morbihan

1998 : Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Genève, Suisse

1997 : Musée de la Cohue, Vannes

1988 : Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

1980 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Rennes

1970 : Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris

1968 : Musée des Beaux-arts, Reims

1957 à 1965 : participe régulièrement aux Salon de Mai et au Salon des Réalités Nouvelles



Since the 1940s, Geneviève Asse has been giving us an extremely rich art form whose quality and depth transports us into a contemplation that is meant to be silent. Geneviève Asse uses only one colour, blue, on her canvases of various sizes, from tiny to large, high to wide.

I believe that my blue is not quite a blue. It contains me. In addition, there is air, water. The slate if I bend down to earth. There can be so many things in the contents of the blue. Also a kind of joy. The blue fills you with joy. Sometimes there is drunkenness in the painting, and painful struggles. That's why, despite appearances, I don't believe that my painting is now neither smooth nor monochrome. The tones have come together and give this feeling of unity: the colour has balanced itself.

In Geneviève Asse's work, blue is synonymous with infinity, distance and fullness. For the painter, this hue is the only one which, covering the support of the canvas, also allows to cross it. In order to situate itself in depth, blue needs an architecture, the artist says of herself that "Space is composed of summary and sensitive forms that are balanced by the mass and by light, an architecture is created.


It is with painting that the artist fully approaches the theme of opening, of door, of elementary architecture that opens an enclosed space and allows light to infiltrate. This form of opening is given by lines whether horizontal or vertical dividing the canvas in two.


Numerous exhibitions have already revealed the work of Geneviève Asse who, from her early still lifes to the abstraction of her blue canvases, questions and privileges the theme of light.


In her paintings, Geneviève Asse reveals one of her primary concerns: division. Her canvases are as if torn apart, incised with a fine line, sometimes red, sometimes white, like a scar of light. This recurring division in her work poses the problem of the partition and the meeting of the full and the empty, this essential act for the artist then distinguishes two parts on the canvas, to then better seal them in the whole.

Works selection
Virtual Exhibition
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Portrait Geneviève Asse - INA, 2004