André Maire is a reference of the decorative painting of the last century. From the dawn of the 1920s, this student of Émile Bernard travels the world to draw from the images of his travels the constituent elements of his artistic universe. The Orient, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Africa, Madagascar, these discoveries of territories still intact lead the imagination of this traveling painter. In his studio, he transposes in large formats the bold layouts and the rigorous chromaticism of his drawings. This singular approach is presented for the first time in the exhibition of the museums of Roubaix and Beauvais, associating enhanced charcoal virtuoso or sepia wash with their spectacular transcriptions reminiscent of the Piranian aesthetics of the mid-twentieth century cinema.
Introduction of Josette Galiègue and Bruno Gaudichon