LE MOAL Jean
Born at Authon-du-Perche (Eure-et-Loir) October 30, 1909 of Breton and Ardèche origin. Student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts ( 1926-1929), at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and at the Académie Ranson in Paris ( 1934-1938). After having been influenced by Cézanne, Seurat Matisse, he is influenced by Picasso and Cubism, then finally discovers color. He was influenced also by Bissière, teacher at the Académie Ranson. He frequently spent time in Brittany ( 1935-1938), Spain, Belgium, Holland. His first exhibition took place at the Galerie Breteau in 1938. In 1939 he left France to see the United States; in New York he worked with a team on a ceiling of 1700 sq. yards. He returned to France and in Lyon took part in a group called "Témoignage." For one year his painting is figurative. He returns to Paris. In 1943 he exhibited at the Galerie de France, in 1944 at the Galerie René Drouin, and since 1943 he has been exhibiting at the Salon de Mai. In 1956 a large important exhibition of his work was held at the Galerie de France. In 1953 he was awarded the Prix de la Critique. He has also worked in the designing of stained glass windows in which he excels.
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