Born in Paris May 16, 1898 of Bern origin. His spent his youth in England and it was there at several academies that he received the first elements of his artistic formation. He has always lived a retired and solitary life, far removed from "groups." In 1943 the Galerie Drouin exhibited a series of works entitled "Hostages," inspired by the horrors of war. Fautrier's art is rather difficult to class; we could speak of magic realism, but Fautrier's characteristic is to remain faithful to the impression received, and even when he wishes to retain the appearance of reality, he gives it a poetical transfiguration, where the quantity of pictorial matter, without concern for modeling, depth or opposition of tones, occupies an important place and creates effects of a rare and powerful quality.