Incoherent Arts: the first monochrome in history by Paul Bilhaud

Published on : 17 May 20213 min reading time
The monochrome and the “ready made” were invented in 1880 by a legendary movement of incoherent arts. Exhibited in 1882, seventeen works from this movement were found in 2018 in the Paris region. They were discovered in a trunk in the home of individuals who were unaware of their historical value. The first monochrome in history signed by Paul Bilhaud is one of these 17 works of art. It is a square canvas which dates back to 1882.

Incoherent arts: the 1882 artworks

In 1882, the exhibition of the paintings created a significant event at that time. Many spectators rushed to see it. In addition to Paul Bilhaud’s monochrome, Alphonse Allais’s “ready made” is one of the works of this era. Suspended from a wooden cylinder, it was designed with a green carriage curtain. The 19th century gallerist was in great demand. In the world of modern art, the discovery in the incoherent arts remains an essential, miraculous and above all very unexpected event.

Incoherent Arts: a legend and a fantasy

The Incoherent Arts movement is offbeat, revolutionary and humorous. Its works are all daring and funny. The monochrome and the “ready made” will cause an explosion. Today, the square black canvas exhibited in Paris is Paul Bilhaud’s emblematic work “Combat de nègres, pendant la nuit”. Indeed, the canvas bears the label ‘number 15’ on the back, which proves that it was indeed the monochrome of the 1882 story.

In general, there is no other similar movement to be found and no other museum in the world has this. Will his art be classified as a national treasure? It is good to know that the presentation of these collections will normally take place at the end of the year.

Incoherent Arts: a treasure rediscovered in a trunk

Rediscovering an emblematic work that has disappeared is very rare indeed. Only catalogues and newspapers have brought to light the works of the Incoherent Arts of the 19th century. In 2018, Johann Naldi has become the most sought-after gallerist and expert for individuals living in the Paris region. As a specialist in the 19th century artworks, he has succedded in the identification of works by Courbet, Delacroix, and Géricault. Usually, clients used only contact this expert to examine a collection of “little interest”. However, after his discovery of the dusty painting “Combat des nègres” and sixteen other works of incoherent art in a large trunk, everything changed dramatically.

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