|Raymond Moretti Profile|
25 July, 1931 : Raymond Moretti born in Nice.
1942 : Primary school certificate.
1944 : Baker’s apprentice.
1945 to 1948 : Municipal school of design, Villa Thiole, Nice.
1949 : L’Art d’Aimer d’Ovide. First illustrations of a book on bibliophilism. (Joseph Pardo editions).
1951 : Moïse brisant les tables de la loi, 3 metre high painting on a cotton sheet. (Donated to the University of Jerusalem by a collector).
April, 1951 : Military service in Meknes, Morocco.
21 September, 1954 : First exhibition at the Hôtel Royal in Nice.
8 November, 1955 : First overseas exhibition at La Galleria in Rome, under the patronage of the French Embassy.
2 March, 1957 : First exhibition in Paris, at the Bernheim Gallery.
1959 : Moretti met Joseph Kessel, member of the French Academy, who later wrote : “… I went to Moretti’s house. On leaving his studio, I had discovered an astonishing artist, a secret and magnificent world, and something more, which, at my age is very rare and precious, a friend. (Sud, May 1961).
July, 1959 : Met Pablo Picasso. It was during a lunch in December 1963 in a Chinese Restaurant in Nice that they invented the machine which could paint across continents.
26 August, 1959 : Met Jean Cocteau.
November, 1959 : 1860-1960, centenaire du rattachement de Nice à la France. Designed poster.
21 December, 1959 : Exhibition at the Ohana Gallery in London.
1955 to 1960-62 : Created a multitude of oil paintings with various themes: clowns, jazz, corrida, women, maternity, towns, still life, carnival, and portraits for which Martine Carol, Olivia de Haviland, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Dalida, Line Renaud, Joseph Kessel, Curd Jurgens and others, came and posed for him.
1961-1962 : Cris du Monde, Thirteen 3 x 2m canvases.
August 1962-1963 : l’Age du Verseau, Worked with Jean Cocteau using oils, gouache and plaster. This was when Jean Cocteau dedicated one of his Lettres Françaises (11 April, 1963) to Moretti “...If I were not aware of Moretti’s amazing faculty for improvisation, I would believe he was suffering from delusions of grandeur. But it is the sense of the grandeur he possesses which I hope he can make visible to all.”
May, 1965 : Exhibition Cris du Monde, Boccara Gallery, Paris.
1966 : Le Bateau Ivre, by Rimbaud. Book on bibliophilism with 36 illustrations. (Joseph Pardo Editions, Le Chant des Spheres).
1966 : Le Monstre, birth of Moretti’s monumental sculpture in the Victorine studios, thus named by Joseph Kessel. After 25,000 hours of labour, the work measured 30 metres long, 15 metres wide, 8 metres high, and weighed 20 tons.
4 October, 1967 : exhibition of his entire work at La Courneuve.
February to May 1971 : Le Monstre, was moved to the Baltard Pavilion, in the Paris Halles. One year later, Moretti was threatened by expulsion. Picasso came to his aid by alerting public opinion and found asylum for Moretti at La Défense.
June, 1972 : Philippe Sollers, N° 65, the first of 320 illustrations for monthly magazine covers – 33 years – for the Magazine Littéraire.
1973 : Le Monstre, moved to La Défense.
1974 : La rue Saint-Denis, oils, gouaches, sketches, book on bibliophilism on a text by Joseph Kessel.
26 November, 1975 : first exhibition in the Buref Centre, la Défense.
17 September, 1976 : Terra-Amata, created a frieze retracing the principal stages of human evolution for the Terra-Amata Museum in Nice.
29 April, 1977 : Duke, oil painting for the Sacem.
September, 1977 : Enfer mécanique, film poster.
1978 : Paris-La Défense, designed poster for l’EPAD.
November, 1978 : Le convoi de la peur, film poster.
16 May, 1979 : La Haggadah, an account of the history of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt in search of the promised land, which Jews recite at Passover. Presentation and exhibition of illustrations (G. Israël Editions) Boccara Gallery, Paris.
September, 1979 : Le Mur du Forum des Halles, oil painting 46 metres long and 4.50 metres high, recalling the evolution of mankind and his genius, from protosumerian signs to the birth of the alphabet, from Tautavel man, (bronze skull embedded in a wall) to Victor Hugo, Maurice Ravel and Louis Armstrong. A glance also to Baltard. Fresque ordered by la Ville de Paris, produced in 3 months and inaugurated by Jacques Chirac, mayor or Paris. Carolyn Carlson, star choreograph at the Paris Opera, rendered hommage to Moretti by dancing in front of this painting whilst being filmed by a cameraman for the lunchtime television news.
1979 : Les Halles, cœur de Paris, awarded the French Grand Prix for Posters by the National Academy of street art.
3 October, 1979 : Designed the world’s most expensive watch – Kallista – meaning the most marvellous in Greek - decorated with millions of diamonds and with male and female profiles on the back.
28 November, 1979 : Exhibition : 2000 ans d’érotisme, on the writings of Philippe Sollers at the Sylvia Bourdon Gallery, Paris,
1980 : Maurice Genevoix, first postage stamp designed for the Post Office.
9 February, 1980 : Eugène Onéguine, by Tchaikovsky – sets for the Caen theatre.
31 March, 1980 : De Gaulle par Malraux, book on bibliophilism including 20 tableaux and 8 studies with text by Malraux, preface by Pierre Lefranc. This was created for the Book Club, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of De Gaulle’s death. Exhibition at the Paris city hall inaugurated by Jacques Chirac, mayor or Paris.
1981 : Les Illuminations – by Rimbaud, Art book, (Ed. G. Israel). Award received: Aigle d'or (hight honour for the art book)
March, 1981 : La vie de Barnum, sets for the musical, directed by Yves Mourousi at the cirque d’hiver.
2 March, 1981 : Le Pendule, wood and metal sculpture, 6 metres high with a sphere of 5 metres, weighing 2 tons, in tribute to Rodin. Clock by Vacheron-Constantin, inaugurated by Raymond Barre, Prime Minister.
26 April and 10 May, 1981 : Elections présidentielles, designed the sets for TF1 and France Inter for the presidential elections which were broadcast direct and retransmitted worldwide by Radio France Internationale.
14 June, 1981 : Elections législatives, the National Assembly was the setting for Radio France’s studio 102 for TF1.
December, 1981 : Céline, illustrations for Voyage au bout de la nuit, the first of nine volumes illustrating the literary work of the writer for the Club de l’Honnête Homme. (Editions Club de l'honnête homme).
21 January, 1982 : Massada, illustrations for a book on bibliophilism with texts by Moshe Dayan, Flavius Josèphe, Uzi Narkiss and Yves Courriere ( Ed. G and A. Israel). Exhibition inaugurated by President François Mitterrand and the Israeli Ambassador, Meïr Rosenne in the presence of Madame Moshe Dayan.
26 February, 1982 : Chemin initiatique, symbolic tale inspired by an initiatory step on a text by Pierre Charbonnier, illustrated. Preface by Michel de Just (Ed. Esorizon).
1983 : Award received : Grand prix de l’affiche, awarded by Les Echos for the fiftieth anniversary poster for Air France.
9 March, 1983 : project to paint le Mur de Berlin at La Defense, on a 2.50 meter high, 1.40 metre long panel, placed end to end along 46 kilometres. The Berlin Wall was shown around the world’s capital cities, demonstrating man’s madness.
August, 1983 : Le camion de l’avenir, painted by Moretti and according to an IFOP poll for RTL and Iveco, “the most beautiful truck in the world”. Shown all over France advertising the 24 hours of Le Mans where it was exposed in October, 1983.
February, 1984 : Award received, named Personality of the Year in Fine Arts.
26 April, 1984 : Jazz, illustrations for an art book (Ed. G. Israel). Text by Franck Ténot, with a poem by Claude Nougaro in collaboration with Michel Legrand. Exposition in Paris at the Bernheim gallery.
8 May, 1984 : Résistance et Débarquements, 2 postage stamps commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the liberation.
June, 1984 : Prix orange - Prix citron, 2 bronze sculptures. These are special trophies “booby prizes” presented to players at the French Tennis Open in Roland Garros.
July, 1984 : Prix Jean Gabin - Prix Romy Schneider, created engravings awarded to the most promising young actors of the year.
1985 : L’Homme de la Mancha, art book, 15 tableaux featuring Jacques Brel. (Ed. G. and A. Israël)
April, 1985 : The City, designed the official poster for Artexpo, New York, 1985.
4 May, 1985 : Retour à la paix et Retour à la liberté, 2 postage stamps commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the liberation.
6 September, 1985 : Los Angeles, designed official poster for Artexpo, California.
29 october, 1985 : Exhibition Guerre et Paix, retrospective at the Postal Museum in the presence of the Minister for Post and Telecommunications.
1986 : Œuvres poétiques, by Jacques Brel. 2 art books - (Ed. G. et A. Israël)
23 May, 1986 : Exhibition : Moretti et les artistes, retrospective at la Défense gallery.
7 October, 1986 : Chroniques Italiennes, by Stendhal. Illustration of book on bibliophilism from the Lettres françaises collection, (Ed. Imprimerie Nationale). “Raymond Moretti at l’Imprimerie Nationale “exhibition for the launch inaugurated by Alain Juppé, Minister of Budget.
1987 : Centenaire de l’Institut Pasteur, poster commissioned by Air France, sponsor of the event.
1988 : Malraux, art book with preface by Jacques Chaban-Delmas and texts by Jean Lescure, Alain Malraux, Pierre Lefranc. (Ed. G and A Israel).
February, 1988 : Yona, postage stamp celebrating the twinning of the Paris and Jerusalem synagogues.
July, 1988 : Exhibition, "Moretti pavoise St Emilion", giant photos exhibited around the town, La colombe
January, 1989 : Arbres lumières, sculpture celebrating bicentennial of the French Revolution – 21 metres high, in blue, white and red, assembled on a stand showing a map of France, the tricolour bundles in steel and glass rising towards the sky (a message of freedom, with neons and filters projecting light upwards, and in the centre a metallic molecule reflecting the fire of the Revolution and the branches of the Republican tree). Planted in Massy on January 20, 1989.
15 July, 1989 : pyrotechnic show. Fireworks at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. A fresque measuring 60 metres long and 20 metres high in red, white and blue with the nave of Paris appearing in the centre in white with 45 000 multicoloured beams.
9 March, 1990 : Einstein, a second poster designed for the exhibition of the society of interior decorators, (SAD). A photo measuring 140 square metres of the original design exposed in front of the Grand Palais.
7 November, 1990 : Le Moretti, at La Défense, in line with the Grande Arche. Ventilation chimney tower, 32 metres high which reflects in the windows of the neighbouring towers, even at night, thanks to huge projectors. The chimney contains 672 fibreglass tubes weighing 27 tons and with a diameter between 3 and 30 centimetres – 1200 kilos of multicoloured tubes. Warm and cold tones according to Chevreul’s theories. An optic mixture which varies according to the light playing on the verticality and the volume. A huge technical effort was required by two hundred people to set up the tubes which were transported by barge from the factory to the esplanade du Général De Gaulle.
16 December, 1990 : Mémorial Rashi, sphere in carbon steel measuring 2.80 metres high made by the Compagnons du Devoir. Engraved with Hebrew signs related to the name of Rachi – the Rech for the earth symbol, the Yod for the sky and the Chin for peace. Inaugurated in the presence of Elie Wiesel, laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and René Samuel Sirat, Grand Rabbi of France.
1990 : Chansons françaises, six postage stamps of artists: Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Aristide Bruant et Tino Rossi. Originals sold to stamp collectors at the Olympia theatre in Paris.
January, 1991 : decoration of a Toyota, matching the chimney at La Défense (for the Paris La Défense team partipating in the Paris/Dakar car rally). After the rally, the car was auctioned in aid of the Thierry Sabine Organisation.
April, 1991 : Les Français avec leurs soldats, poster created to support soldiers partaking in the Gulf war.
May, 1991 : Imprimerie nationale, 350 ans, anniversary postage stamp.
October, 1991 : Podium d’or, poster and bronze trophy for the Monaco Sportel, international television award for the best sports replay television show.
16 November, 1991 : Vive l’écrit, magazine cover the for 1000th edition of Le Point, with portraits of men of letters from the works of Tony Kent, american photographer.
20 June, 1991 : L’Homme de Tautavel, postage stamp.
22 June, 1992 : L’Homme de Tautavel, sculptures created by the Compagnons du Devoir: three profils fitting together, the first in bronze is the skull of Homo Erectus, the second is Modern Man in steel and the third is Upright Man, measuring 1m65, the size of Tautavel man. Created for the Tautavel Museum, the centre of European prehistory. A copy can be seen in the Montjuich park in Barcelona.
June, 1992 : 300th edition of the Magazine Littéraire with a supplement containing portraits of fifteen writers.
18 November, 1992 : Le Salon Hertzl, decor for the France-Israël association.
14 May, 1993 : Django, postage stamp.
May, 1993 : Django d'or, trophy presented to the winners at the Django d’Or evening. Guitars sculpted in silver plated brass, computer programmed by water pressure, swinging on a bronze Django signature.
1994 : La Galerue des Arcades, began work recalling the history of Toulouse, with 29 tableaux under the Capitol’s arcades, 29 serigraphies measuring 2,50 by 3,10 metres, nailed to illuminated cases on the ceilings.
1994 : Croix du Languedoc, began work for the bronze cross measuring 18 metres wide and weighing 20 tons. Recalling ancient traditions, the cross contains the signs of the Zodiac symbolising the division of time, 12 months in a year, 12 hours in a day, and the 4 cardinal points. All twelve discs are sprinkled with small Languedoc crosses tracing the evolution of design through the centuries.
January, 1995 : Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, postage stamp. Awarded Grand Prix de l’art philatélique des Territoires d’outre-mer.
February, 1995 : Carnaval, poster for the 112th Nice Carnival and the centenary of cinema.
November, 1995 : Paris Champs-Élysées, poster for the French Tourist Office.
10 November, 1996 : 30e anniversaire du Magazine Littéraire, at the the book show in Brive-La-Gaillarde, exhibition of a multitude of portraits painted between 1972 and 1996 for the literary magazine.
15 January, 1997 : Distinction: Palmes Académiques, award presented by the Prime Minister for services rendered to National Education.
1 July, 1997 : Concours Général, work created especially for the 1997 prizegiving to the winners of the 250th anniversary of the entrance examination at the Sorbonne.
March, 1998 : Exhibition : La Galerue des Arcades was completed and the Paul-Dupuy Museum in Toulouse exhibited 89 original paintings including the 29 chosen for the Capitole square.
18 April, 1998 : Edit de Nantes, postage stamp.
17 October, 1998 : Constitution de 1958 and 1914-1918, 2 postage stamps celebrating the 80th anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.
15 April, 1999 : Magazine Littéraire : 30 ans de couverture, exhibition at the Belfond Gallery in Paris.
5 May, 1999 : Exhibition : Toulouse, les originaux, at Espace Cardin in Paris, the 89 tableaux created for the Capitole arcades and the original model of the Languedoc cross.
11 May, 1999 : Exhibition Galerue des Arcades, "Toulouse à Orly", the 29 ceiling panels each measuring 9 square metres are hung in the hall of Orly Ouest airport.
January, 2000 : Baie des Anges, designed 7 rugs for the Royal salon, Negresco hotel, Nice.
December, 2000 : Téléthon, fresque of 4 panels (4,50 x 90m) including Einstein, Armstrong, Astérix, Tintin, Batman, Tautavel man, football, elephants, dogs, birds … Over one thousand children assembled the 1035 pieces as a jigsaw puzzle in aid of a charity created to fight genetic diseases. Moretti donated the fresque to the Necker hospital for sick children in Paris.
2001 : Championnat du monde de hand ball, postage stamp.
2001 : Petit journal Montparnasse, decorated 5 panels with a jazz theme.
7 June, 2001 : L’Âge du Verseau, inauguration of the Jean-Claude Brialy gallery for Moretti, thus named as a tribute to their friend, Jean Cocteau.
11 July, 2002 : Le Mur, inauguration of the wall erected in 1979 for the Forum des Halles, cut into pieces measuring 1.80 x 2m, then restored and installed near the Tautavel Prehistory Musem, near Perpignan.
13 July, 2002 : Les étoiles du Jazz, six postage stamps of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Stéphane Grappelli et Michel Petrucciani.
2003 : Cimetière Marin, illustrations for Paul Valéry’s poem, 13 tableaux for an art book printed in 300 examples for the town of Sète.
5 June, 2004 : 60e anniversaire du débarquement, postage stamp sold on first day of issue in Caen.
November, 2004 : Le chant du peintre, art book in hommage to Bernard Hinault. 5 tableaux for one edition of 50 books, ordered by éditions Cristel.
November, 2004 : La Défense, greeting card ordered by l’EPAD. This was Moretti’s last work.
December, 2004 : Exhibition : Cimetière Marin, at the Age du Verseau gallery in Paris, 16 tableaux to illustrate Paul Valéry’s poem. Last exhibition in the presence of the artist.
2 June, 2005 : Moretti died of a pulmonary embolism at 8 pm at the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital, Paris.