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 Claude Jean-Pierre LaCoudre  (1935 - 1988)



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Lived/Active: France      Known for: painting

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Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

The following biographical information has been provided by Zorikh Lequidre, the son of the artist.

He was born in 1935 in Paris France and grew up in Brittany.  He attended Ecole des Beax-Arts and his career ran from the late 1950's to the early 1970's.  He served two years in the French navy where he got out of doing any real work by painting for the officer's mess.  He preferred to paint in acrylics rather than oils, and would layer gesso on the canvas in the shape of his image before starting to paint.  He also used pencil, pen & ink, and even coffee stains as media.  His landscapes, especially seascapes of Brittany were in great demand, but he preferred doing nudes and portraits that revealed the monster in the subject.  He had numerous gallery showings in New York, Paris, and Europe.  One of his most significant series of paintings was The Drinkers, in which he painted imaginary portraits of various men who drank.

He and Jayne Berrier marketed the St. Tropez Belt, which was a very brief fashion fad in 1967-68.

He traveled extensively between New York, Paris, and Europe and the Middle East through the 1960's, running with the jet-set.  In the early 1970's he was found in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  He ultimately returned to France and began a brief modeling and acting career, appearing in the film Lancelot du Lac by Robert Bresson

He died in 1988 in France, and is survived by one son, Zorikh Lequidre, who lives in New York City, and two brothers, Xavier and Hubert, who live in France.

There is very little published information about him. Most of this information comes mostly from my mother, Jayne Berrier.

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