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Jean-Daniel Allanche "Où suis-je ?" (Where am I?) wall painting, Ouagadougou 1989.

Jean-Daniel Allanche (born March 7, 1940 in Sfax, Tunisia ; died August 11, 2015 in Paris) painted and repainted endlessly the apartment, walls, floor, ceiling, that he bought in 1975, rue des Ciseaux in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.

His paintings are complemented by a vast accumulation of collected objects. African and Indian sculptures, souvenirs of trips and places of living. Objects of all kinds similar to a collection of modest art accumulating, agglomerating under the stairs, in every nook and cranny of the apartment.

Professor of Physics and researcher, he has left behind him, a major work of art similar to an installation, a curiosity cabinet, accompanied by a few gouaches and paintings as so many sketches of the art on his wall.

Texts that give free rein to his imagination and build relationships with physics were found in the flat. He speaks of painting-molecules.

His gouaches on paper and oil paintings never exhibited during his lifetime and mostly created in the late 70s seem to be sketches, researches, studies, projects for his walls, for what he considers his work : his home, his lab.

The notes of Jean-Daniel Allanche also contain written on its commitment to develop an infallible martingale for color harmony. He said he managed to show the intimate relationship between musical harmony and the colors. A melody, a symphony.


Music has occupied an important place in everyday life of Jean-Daniel Allanche. It was also subject to a search field that was experimenting at will by playing the piano, the guitar, the clarinet and various oriental flutes.

Collections : American Folk Art Museum New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, Bruno Decharme, Antoine de Galbert, Daniel Klein.

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