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François Brochet (1925-2001) - Painting

François Brochet (1925-2001) - Painting

Superb oil painting on canvas

by the French sculptor and painter François Brochet (1925-2001)

"Women and Children"



Good condition. A slight lack of paint on the hair of the woman from the back. Some traces of paint projection, original.

Size: 38.3 x 55.3 cm.

François Brochet : Born in 1925 in Paris. 20th century. French. Painter, watercolourist, sculptor of statues, decorator. Art Deco. He is the son of the painter and playwright Henri Brochet. Family, he was trained in dance, theater, puppets. In 1941, he was a pupil of the sculptor of sacred art Fernand Py, there he learned the direct carving of wood and polychromy. This teaching confirms him in his desire to be the continuator of craft traditions, in particular that of direct carving. A visit to Le Corbusier also impressed him. In 1946, he settled in Auxerre, where he later produced three polychrome stones four meters high for the Technical College. His first personal exhibition took place in 1948 in Paris, during which he was noticed by the critic Michel Florisoone. From 1948 to 1958, he had an important activity of goldsmithing and creations for sacred art. In 1963, he received the Prix Bourdelle de Sculpture. He exhibits regularly in Paris as an individual. His audience is important in the United States, where personal exhibitions are organized for him in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles. In 1960, he began his Massacre of the Innocents group, of which twelve statues were exhibited in 1962. Followed by the group The Happy Family - The Silence - The Death of a Man with four two-meter figures, The Lovers - Tribute to Le Corbusier - The Flight. Since 1963, he has added painting, watercolour, and the creation of large woolen wall hangings to sculpture. His characters in polychrome wood and sometimes stone, with empty eyes and anguished expressions are in the tradition of archaic popular craftsmanship, much advocated in the circles of French imagery of the interwar period. His bronze figures, more majestic, very slender to mannerism, show a stylization also referred to the thirties.

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