LAPIQUE Charles
Born at Thelzé (Rhône) October 6, 1898 of a university and scientific Lorraine family. He prepared at first for the Ecole Centrale and in 1921 became an engineer, thanks to his drawing. The milieux that he frequented where so different, as the artist himself explained, that it would be quite impossible to enumerate them. As for his beginnings, he refers to them as rather "complicated." Brittany leaves a deep impression on his works, for he was from Paimpol as much as from Paris. Having finished several paintings, he receives a contract from Jeanne Bucher in 1925, then from Pierre Loeb. From 1931 onwards he accelerates the rhythm of his work, becomes friendly with Bazaine, Manessier and Villon. In 1937 he recives a commission for five decorative panels for the Palais de la Découverte. He has exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, at the Salon d'Automne, at the Salon des Surindépendants. He took part in the exhibition "Jeunes Peintres de Tradition Française" (May 10, 1941) in which his painting Sainte Catherine de Fierbois is significant for the trend simultaneously followed by Singier, Le Moal, Bazaine, Estève. Lapicque departs from reality but from it he takes a formula : a network of lines, which imprisons it like a spider's web. Later, he exhibits at the Galerie Louis Carré, then at the Galerie Denise René and finally at the Galerie Galanis. He is influenced by Dufy, then, after a brief stay in Venice, by Tintoretto and Tiepolo, and yet never ceasing to be himself.
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