The son of Céria, Despierre was born at SaintEtienne March 7, 1912. After secondary studies he enrolled at the Académie Colarossi, then at the Académie Scandinave where he studied under Dufresne and Friesz. He exhibited at the Salon de I'Œuvre Unique in 1935 and at the Salon des Tuileries in 1938. He was awarded the Prix Paul Guillaume. Teacher at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. Following the example of Dufresne and the great Italian decorators, Tiepolo in particular, Despierre likes compositions that are both large and well ordered, grouping a certain number of figures held together by a common action. It is a "famous subject" scorned by many, and in surface richness whose lively tones of blue, vermillion, Veronese green, are like precious stones against areas of white and gray.