Francois Gall, French, 1912-1987
Montmartre, circa 1950
Oil on canvas
17 3/4 x 23 inches (45 x 58.4 cm)
its cobbled streets, stunning Basilica, artists, bistros ... Montmartre is full of charm! Perched on the top of a
small hill in the 18th arrondissement, the most famous Parisian district has
lost none of its village atmosphere that appealed so much to the artists of the
19th and 20th centuries. A real melting pot of art and inspiration for the
cinema, Montmartre still gives as much pleasure to those who stroll around it
and figures high on the list for a stay in Paris. More on Montmartre
François Gall (1912–1987) was a Hungarian
painter. He became an impressionist painter in the pure French
tradition after he moved to Paris in 1936. He was born in Kolozsvar in the
former region of Transylvania on March 22, 1912 and began studying all media at
the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rome while working menial jobs to secure a
living. In 1939, the Hungarian government awarded Gall with a scholarship for
his artistic merit.
later, Francois Gall established himself in Paris and became a student of
Devambez at the National Academy of Fine Arts. He greatly admired the first
generation of Impressionists and adopted their concepts for his own
interpretations. Parisian scenes and and portrayals of women engaged in
typically feminine activities were amoung his preferred subjects. Francois was
a modern impressionist, bringing his own unique personality to this most
Gall participated in various Salon exhibitions in Paris and
became a favorite with the public. In 1963, he was honoured with the Francis
Smith Prize. He died in 1987. More
on François Gall
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