Pierre Lesieur, French (1922 - 2011)

Pierre Lesieur is a French painter born May 21, 1922 in Paris.

His father died in 1928, Pierre Lesieur grew up in the middle of the big business class. From infancy to twelve years, he draws and paints every week with his maternal grandmother, and during his vacation in Beg-Meil, Brittany. At the end of high school, his mother approves her desire to devote himself to painting and, in October 1940 he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he left after a few weeks. It follows a time course of Andre Lhote and attended an open workshop in Montparnasse, and for three years, the Academy Montmartre, Boulevard de Clichy.
Signature of Pierre Lesieur

Pierre Lesieur carries a first exhibition in Paris in 1952. Baron Mollet, to whom he offers sustainable hospitality (for thirty years, "wrote Claude Roy), introduces him to the director of the new gallery exhibit Coard who regularly paints. In 1958 Lesieur performs with his wife, actress Michelle Marquais a long journey in the Far East will have a major impact in his work.

The same year Pierre Lesieur receives the Critics Prize and, working between Paris and Saint-Remy-de-Provence, produces a subsequent thirty solo exhibitions in Paris, and Tokyo, New York and London.

Initially very colorful in the tradition of Matisse and Bonnard, Pierre Lesieur painting develops throughout the 1950s, very clean surfaces which affect about 1960 non figurative, then returning to a figurative allusion.

From the 1970s Lesieur realized, often in very large sizes, many portraits of his wife, actress Michelle Marquais, but also naked, standing or lying. Around these figures, the world of interiors Lesieur characterized by the presence of bright objects of everyday life, sofas and pillows (upon which the cat Utopia), chairs, armchairs and occasional tables, display cabinets and bookcases, bottles, jugs or decanters , glasses, plates, fruit bowls or teapots, lamps and mirrors. Many paintings of Lesieur discuss topics related to Windows on the night and fabrics in the workshop.

More rarely landscaping, Lesieur also painted in the memory transposed his travels, houses of Yemen, the architectures of Istanbul, the buildings of New York, walls and facades of Tabriz Jaipur.

Museum Collections

Museum of Modern Art, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg, Museum of Modern Art, Grenoble, Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Brooklyn Museum, New York, University of Kansas, Lawrence Art Museum, Kansas; Metropolitan Museum, New York Museum of Hiroshima, Japan; Kasama Nichido Museum of Art, Japan Museum of the Abbey of St Claude Jura, France

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