Jacques Nestlé (1907 – 1991)
Jacques Nestlé was born in Saarbrücken, Germany in 1907. In 1925 he moved to Berlin where he became influenced by the artists of the Berliner Secession as well as artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. It was here that Nestlé first exhibited four paintings in a group exhibition. In 1933 he moved to Paris.
Whilst working in Paris he befriended Matisse, who took an enduring interest in his work, and was also to be a source of inspiration to Jacques Nestlé in turn. His paintings were also appreciated by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (Picasso’s art dealer, along with Braque, Derain and Gris), who wanted to promote his work. Jacques Nestlé chose not to accept this offer, saying “I am neither a painter nor an artist, just a man who paints.”
The influenced of Matisse can be found in his nudes and of Miró and Kandinsky in his large abstract geometric canvases glowing with colour and defining areas of luminous black. He developed his own artistic vocabulary of structured spaces, abstraction of form, stylised nudes, and use of a white background.
Jacques Nestle spoke of “being seized with the irrepressible desire to paint, without knowing why.” He died in Paris in 1991.
Two major retrospective exhibitions of his paintings have been held in Berlin in 2009 and Paris in 2012.