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Maurice Brianchon was born at Fresnay-sur-Sarthe on the 11th January,
1899. He first studied in Bordeaux at the École des Beaux-Arts under
Paul Quinsac, a sculptor; in 1917 he moved to Paris and entered the École des
Beaux Arts Decoratifs* where he trained under Eugène Morand. He first
exhibited at the Salon d'Automne* in 1920 and by 1922 was a committee
member of the same Salon. In 1924 he won the Prix Blumenthal and a
travel scholarship that he used to tour Spain. In 1939 he was awarded
the Carnegie Prize*.
Brianchon executed murals for the Conservatoire de
Musique et d'Art Dramatique de Paris, the Lycée Janson-de-Sailly and the
Palais de Chaillot, tapestry cartoons for the Aubusson* and Gobelins*
factories, and book illustrations including Andre Gide's ‘Theatre
Complet.’ He also was an accomplished stage designer, working on
costumes and sets for Fausses Confidences and La Seconde Surprise de
Brianchon’s first solo show was at the Galerie Le
Portique in Paris, and he went on to exhibit with Wildenstein both in
London and Paris, and at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Neuchatel,
Switzerland. Brianchon was not tied to Europe however, and his
paintings were shown regularly in America and once at an exhibition in
Rio de Janeiro.
He was a particularly highly regarded member of the
Peintres de la Réalité Poétique group, and exhibited with them in 1956.
Brianchon’s principle influences included Matisse, Vuillard and Bonnard,
as well as older masters, notably Manet. His paintings can be found in
many public collections, not least the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Maurice Bianchon died in March, 1979, in his adoptive home town of
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