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Maurice Lemaître (1926-2018) was an artist, writer and French poet. He is known to be one of the main figures of lettrisme, a movement started in the 1950s.
Lemaître was educated at the School of Arts and Crafts and Public Works. After taking part in the Liberation of Paris, he began his philosophy degree at the Sorbonne.
In 1948, he began his career as a journalist and wrote for the newspaper of the libertarian movement. A year later, he met Isidore Isou and immediately became interested in his political and avant-garde thoughts.
In 1950, Lemaître became very invested in the Lettrist group and created in the same year the "Youth Front," a political journal; while simultaneously creating a literary and pictorial magazine, entitled "Ur," which remains "The Minotaur" of lettrism. In 1951, after assisting Isidore Isou on his film "On Venom and Eternity," Lemaitre embarked on his own long film in 35mm, "Has the Feature Started Yet?" followed by many more films. Lemaître continued to develop various fields within the Lettrist movement: poetry, theater, dance, novels, painting, photography, film, economy, psychopathology and psychotherapy. Despite his dedication to the movement, after the year 2000, Lemaître distanced himself from the movement and remained relatively isolated from the group.
First edition of a book by Maurice Lemaître with an added preface from 1971. Available only in French!
A book of poetry and texts by Maurice Lemaître. Available only in French!
A collection of 10 films from lowave and Collection Jeune Cinéma by experimental filmmakers such as Takahiko Iimura, Maurice Lemaître, Robert Todd, Tony Wu, George Hsin, Egbert Mittelstädt, Hugo Verlinde, et al. Includes a bonus interview Marcel Mazé.
A documentary film by Pip Chodorov on the history of experimental film. Includes a 56 page book on the film.
A book by Maurice Lemaitre
Documents Lettristes N°34. Octobre 85
Newsletter of the Association of Cinematographers and Audiovisual Directors (ACRA).
First edition copy of paperback book with texts on dance and cheoreography by Maurice Lemaître with a preface by Isidore Isou. Available only in French!