signed, numbered and dated
an edition of 90
40 x 60 cm
French painter and stage designer of Belgian birth. He moved with his family to Paris in 1919 and began to paint at the age of 14, studying for four years at the Ecole Boulle. Until 1936 he worked
as a designer–decorator on installations of shops and apartments while continuing to paint from nature and to copy Old Master paintings in the Louvre. The French painter Charles Walch (1896–1948),
whom he met in 1936, gave him advice and helped to initiate him in more avant-garde forms of art. Kandinsky was to be a major influence.
He began to exhibit in the Salons and commercial galleries in 1936 and in 1941 was included in the exhibition Vingt peintres de tradition française at the Galerie Braun, which brought together many of the leading French painters of the younger generation. He was one of the founders of the Salon de Mai in 1945, but his first one-man exhibition was not until 1949, at the Galerie Billet-Caputo.
Along with Magnelli in Paris, he developed the concept of “pure abstraction” He broke shapes into numerous coloured plates, which like fragments of glass, intersect, overlap and refect themselves, giving a strong sense of space without the need for the use of perspective.