Jean Monneret, French (1922 - )

Jean Monneret, born November 27, 1922 in Chalon-sur-Saône, is one of the best known painters of the School of Paris after the war.
He is founding president of the Federation of Fairs historic Grand Palais.

From 1944 to 1949, Jean Monneret is a student at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in the studio of Jean Dupas after preparation to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lille. At the same time, it passes the support of education in fine arts high schools.
As a teacher, as well as course director Montmartre (1960-1975), that when he became professor of fine arts and art history at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris (1974 - 1988), it maintains the study of drawing as many teachers are no longer able to teach it or waive it.

His painting, figurative, with a graphic black outlines to very expressive part of a modern context. Present in most rooms with paint, and very representative of the spirit of freedom of the painters, it is duly elected president of the Salon des Independants from 1977 to 2001.

Among his friends painters include Jean Carzou particular, Jean-Pierre Alaux, Pierre-Henry, Michel Henry, Jean Joyet, Geoffrey and Maurice Boitel Dauvergne.

During his career as a painter and, above all, from the arrival of André Malraux in command of a Ministry of Culture, Jean Monneret will continue to defend freedom of expression in visual arts against all dictate the form of state, especially when it is exercised by officials.

In 1999, in the descriptive catalog of the Salon des Independants, he launched a violent manifesto against the "state art" qualified, he said, of "contemporary art" by officials who spend public money to enforce this art the population, while it rejects (p. 51).

On 1 March 2008, he delivered a speech marking the very art of today, on the occasion of the inauguration of the aisle Maurice Boitel to Audresselles (Pas-de-Calais).


Grand Prize of Plastic Arts of the City of Paris, 1964
Price Watercolor Society art lovers and collectors, 1965
Taylor Foundation Award
Grand Prix of Fine Arts in the city of Lille, 1954
Grand Prix Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, awarded by the National Society of Fine Arts
Gold Medal of the Society of French Artists

Museums and Collections

Collections of the State of the City of Paris, the Museum of Lille, the Museum of the Marine, the SNCF, the Algerian Railways
Collections of multinational companies in France, the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Germany
Private collections in France and around the world


Shows in Paris, Lille, Cannes, Geneva, Tokyo, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles.
Group exhibitions with Galerie Charpentier:

"Discover," 1955
"A Century of Railway and Art", 1957
"Greenshields Award" 1958
Hermitage Museum, Leningrad
Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Maison de l'ORTF, Paris

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