Gen Paul, 1895 - 1975
PLACE DU TERTRE
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 by 31 3/4 in., 64.8 by 80.7 cm
With its many artists setting up their easels each day for the tourists, the Place du Tertre is a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the mecca of modern art. At the beginning of the 20th century, many painters including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Maurice Utrillo were living there. More on Place du Tertre
Gen Paul (July 2, 1895 – April 30, 1975), was a French painter and engraver. Born in in Montmartre, he began drawing and painting as a child. Gen Paul was trained to work in decorative furnishings. He served in the French army during World War I and was wounded twice, losing one of his legs. During his convalescence, he returned to painting. Although Gen Paul never received any formal training, he made a living from his art for almost 60 years. While his early works reflected the influences of his friends in Montmartrel, he soon developed dynamic form of expressionism reflecting influences as varied as Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Goya, Velázquez and El Greco. Due to the dynamism and motion inherent in his paintings, some consider Gen Paul to be the first action painter, a precursor to the abstract expressionists of the 1950s.
Gen Paul died at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris on 30 April 1975. More on Gen Paul
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