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Andre Bouquet (1897-1987)
Born in La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire at the end of the 19th century (September 19, 1897). He lived in a small apartment in Villeneuve Saint-Georges, a small city in the suburbs of Paris, since 1933 (where he ended his life in 1987), lying in the Marne Valley area, and there is a cultural building devoted to his work, "The Space Andre Bouquet." His naive paintings have been shown widely, at the Grand Palais and at the "Salon des Independants," and reside in the collections of several Naive Art Museums.
Andre Bouquet had an eye for minute detail, and his pictures are well-composed, with bright colors and architectural detail. He never had any training but was a factory worker most of his life, with a period of military service in Indochina in 1919 and again in 1939. He began painting in 1958.
Information provided by Gayle DeGregory