Charles-Jean Hallo (aka ALO), French (1882 - 1969)

Charles-Jean Hallo (aka ALO), French (1882 - 1969)

Charles-Jean Hallo, said ALO is a painter, draftsman, illustrator, engraver and French photographer born January 13, 1882 in Lille and died December 15, 1969 in Senlis.

Charles Alexandre Jean Hallo Julien was born January 13, 1882 to Lille . The son of a soldier, he spent his childhood in Dijon where he attended college between St. Ignatius and then at the School of Fine Arts of the same city . He finished his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied under Charles Cottet and Jacques - Emile Blanche and specializes in engraving strong water .

In 1907 he exhibited at the annual exhibition of the National Society of Fine Arts.

Incorporated in the infantry in 1914, he then goes into aviation as an observer and photographer, ending the war with the rank of lieutenant.

In 1920, he moved to Senlis, where his wife is from, in a house that a team of vast workshop (he married in 1911 and had two children born in 1912 and 1915; three others will follow in 1922, 1925 and 1930). Getting involved in the life of the city, he was elected to the City Council, created the garden évêché, founded in 1934 the museum of which he is the Vénerie3 conservateur. Holidays spent in Britain will provide the inspiration for many compositions.

During the Second World War, too old to fight, he enlisted in the Air Force and was posted at the School of the Air Bordeaux as a photographer instructor. After demobilization, he joined the resistance (Jade Amicol network), has been imprisoned several months beginning in 1944 and then released for lack of evidence, ended the war in Germany as a painter armies.

Her favorite themes are landscapes made ​​( tourist sites) and animals (scenes on hunting ), but its involvement in aviation led him to also produce advertising gouaches representing aircraft published in The Aérophile4 .

He is best known as the author of many tourist posters on behalf of several private railway companies (PO , PLM, companies North , East , State Network ), but has also made illustrations other advertising materials . His signature is characteristic : ALO .

For example , he realized in 1924 on behalf of Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans , a poster South Coast of Brittany. The Faouët (Morbihan) . St. Fiacre chapel.

Although living in an apartment in Paris since the early 1950s, he died in his 88th year at the hospital Senlis 15 December 1969.

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