"Artist Proof By Jean Planque"Woman in a hat, engraving by Jean Planque (artist's proof). This engraving is now framed (51.5 x 41 cm). Jean Planque, born July 7, 1910 in Ferreyres, in the canton of Vaud, and died August 27, 1998, is a painter and collector of Swiss art. In 1929, Jean Planque, then employed in an insurance company in Basel, discovered in a gallery watercolors by Paul Klee that he considered as uninteresting as childish drawings. However, seeing other Klee paintings at the Kunstmuseum, he revises his judgment. He begins to paint ... In 1942, Jean Planque meets the painter René Auberjonois and the publisher Albert Skira, who has just opened a gallery in Geneva. He buys a painting by Pierre Bonnard for a friend. A friend for whom he had bought three paintings was missing, he offers them to the dealer Tanner who runs a gallery in Zurich. The latter seeing in Planque someone with a certain taste, he offers to collaborate. He immediately went to Paris and bought paintings by Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Amedeo Modigliani and Auguste Renoir ... On the occasion of one of his travels, he discovered, in the window of a gallery of the place Vendôme, a painting by Jean Dubuffet. In 1948, Jean Planque moved to Puyloubier, in Provence, at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire mountain. From 1948 to 1951, he spent six months a year painting. In 1951, he moved to Paris, near the Luxembourg Gardens, and followed the painting classes at La Grande Chaumière. At the Galerie de France, he discovered the abstract paintings of Alfred Manessier, which decided him to now go to contemporary painting galleries. In 1954, a friend suggested he go see Ernst Beyeler, who has just opened a gallery. The two men get along, and Planque returns to Paris. While buying paintings for Beyeler, Jean Planque begins his own collection. He discovers paintings by Antoni Tàpies, befriends Antoni Clavé and advises Beyeler to buy Dubuffet's paintings. In 1960, with a painting of Cézanne under his arm, which he proposes to sell to him, he meets Picasso. In 1972, Jean Planque began to write his memoirs. He also goes back to painting. Jean Planque was knighted in Arts and Letters in 1984. In January 1998, with his wife, he created the Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation. Victim of a road accident, he died on 27 August. The Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation, housed by the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence, presents a prestigious ensemble of nearly 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures from the 20th century. The most famous names abound, including Picasso, Van Gogh, Klee, Degas, Leger, Nicolas de Stael, Monnet, Dubuffet, Aloise or Louis Soutter. This painting is part of the collection of Dr. Jacqueline Porret-Forel (1916-2014), in Chigny, Vaud, Switzerland, who was the world expert of Aloïse, of which she published the catalog raisonné in 2012, at the 96 years old. She was a close friend of Jean and Suzanne Planque, as well as Jean Dubuffet.