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Jean Monneret

by on February 18, 2014

Jean Monneret, born November 27, 1922 in Chalon-sur-Saône,  France


Jean Monneret, born November 27, 1922 in Chalon-sur-Saône, is one of the best known painters of the School of Paris after the war. He was founding president of the Federation of Fairs historic Grand Palais.

From 1944 to 1949, Jean Monneret was a student at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in the studio of Jean Dupas after preparation to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lille.

As a teacher, as well as course director Montmartre (1960-1975), he became professor of fine arts and art history at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris (1974 – 1988), maintaining the study of drawing.

His painting, figurative, with a graphic black outlines to very expressive part of a modern context. Present in most rooms with paint, and very representative of the spirit of freedom of the painters, he was elected president of the Salon des Independants from 1977 to 2001.  In 1977 Peter and Vicki Arnot visited Jean Monneret in his studio in Paris.

Among his friends who were painters: Jean Carzou, Jean-Pierre Alaux, Pierre-Henry, Michel Henry, Jean Joyet, Geoffrey and Maurice Boitel Dauvergne.

During his career as a painter and, above all, from the arrival of André Malraux in command of a Ministry of Culture, Jean Monneret  continued to defend freedom of expression in visual arts against all dictate the form of state. In 1999, in the descriptive catalog of the Salon des Independants, he launched a violent manifesto against the “state art”.

On March 1, 2008  he delivered a speech marking the very art of today, on the occasion of the inauguration of the aisle Maurice Boitel to Audresselles (Pas-de-Calais).

Awards:
Grand Prize of Plastic Arts of the City of Paris, 1964
Price Watercolor Society art lovers and collectors, 1965
Taylor Foundation Award
Grand Prix of Fine Arts in the city of Lille, 1954
Grand Prix Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, awarded by the National Society of Fine Arts
Gold Medal of the Society of French Artists

Museums and Collections:
Collections of the State of the City of Paris, the Museum of Lille, the Museum of the Marine, the SNCF,   the Algerian Railways
Collections of multinational companies in France, the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Germany
Private collections in France and around the world

Exhibitions:
Shows in Paris, Lille, Cannes, Geneva, Tokyo, New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles.
Group exhibitions with Galerie Charpentier:
“Discover,” 1955
“A Century of Railway and Art”, 1957
“Greenshields Award” 1958
Hermitage Museum, Leningrad
Pushkin Museum, Moscow
Maison de l’ORTF, Paris


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