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Gustave Singier

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(Warneton, Belgium, 1909 - Paris, 1984)

Gustave Singier

Gustave Singier was born in 1909 in Warneton (Flanders, Belgium). He spent his childhood in Belgium occupied by the German armies. Arrived in Paris in 1919, he followed from 1923 to 1926 the courses of the Boulle school, worked from 1927 to 1939 as a draftsman in a store layout company and turned to painting.

Singier meets the painter Charles Walch who will encourage him and reveal to him the freedoms of the pictorial expression, especially as regards to color. He took part in the many Parisian Salons from 1936 (Salon des Indépendants, Salon d'Automne, Salon des Tuileries, etc.).

In 1939, he met his neighbor, Alfred Manessier, his friends Elvire Jan and Jean Le Moal. Mobilized the following year in the Belgian army, he was sent to Bagnols-sur-Cèze after the invasion of Belgium.

Singier participates in the exhibition "Vingt jeunes peintres de tradition française" organized in 1941 by Jean Bazaine, first exhibition of avant-garde painting under the Occupation. He took refuge in 1944 at Manessier home, in the Perche where Elvire Jan, Jean Le Moal, Jean Bertholle, writer Camille Bourniquel, sculptors François Stahly and Étienne Martin also resided.

In 1945, he exhibited at the Salon de Mai which he is, with his friends, one of the founders. He is naturalized French in 1947 and befriends the poet Jean Lescure.

Like other painters of his generation, Singier discovers Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian; this new way, will determine to release the pictorial form. The work of Singier separates from that of Manessier, finding his own and personal qualities.

In 1949, the Billiet-Caputo Gallery created its first personal exhibition, the Galerie de France then regularly presents its work.

From 1951 to 1954 he taught at the Académie Ranson; from 1967 to 1978 at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris. He was a founding member in 1975 of Salon de Toulon, in 1976 Salon Vitry-sur-Seine, examiner in 1978 at the price of Rome.
Gustave Singier will expand his artistic activity in very different fields, mural painting, tapestry, stained glass, mosaic, costumes and sets for theater and opera, engravings.

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