BAZAINE, Jean
Born in Paris December 21, 1904. His family, originally from Lorraine, made him go on with his secondary studies, but after receiving a degree in letters, Bazaine, who since childhood had worked in sculpture, enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, then later at the Atelier Landowski. It was at that time he turned towards painting which he never gave up. At his first exhibition at the Galerie van Leer in 1932, he met Bonnard, who encouraged him and gave him advice, and also Gromaire --the beginning of a lasting friendship. Bazaine has exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries since 1930, and at the Salon d'Automne since 1931. In 1938 he was awarded the Blumenthal Prize in painting. Mobilized in 1939, he drew from Nature "barks of trees, stones, whirlpools, bodies of men taking a bath, etc." It was there he discovered his true expression, this search for the profound reality of beings and things which he does not cease going after by a slow and continuous evolution. A figurative painter at the beginning and now less concerned with appearances, Bazaine always leans towards the living forms which are around him. In 1941, he was one of the organizers of the exhibition called "Jeunes Peintres de Tradition Française." He exhibited at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher, then at the Galerie Louis Carré, and since 1949 he has been showing his work at the Galerie Maeght. In 1952 he was selected jury member of the Pittsburg International Exhibition. Bazaine executed three stained glass windows for the church of Assy and a mosaic for the church of Audincourt. He is also an art critic and has published many articles and an essay entitled Notes sur la peinture d'aujourd'hui.
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