"Lucien Genin 1894/1953, Paris, Place Pigalle, French School"Signed: lower left, referenced painter and Gouache side on paper, in very good condition
Subject: Paris, Place Pigalle…
Format: with frame 58 x 46 cm - without frame 41 x 32 cm
Frame: wooden frame , vintage painting, good condition
Lucien Génin 1894/1953 born November 9, 1894 in Rouen and died August 26, 1953 in Paris, is a French painter from Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The son of a plasterer and a seamstress, Lucien Genin was born on November 9, 1894 in the Croix-de-Pierre district in Rouen.
Reformed in 1914, he followed the teaching of the School of Fine Arts in Rouen. His teachers are Alphonse and Albert Guilloux. In the same workshop were Alfred Dunet and Michel Fréchon, two future names of the School of Rouen. Lucien Genin is talented and the most happily gifted students are offered admission to a Parisian school. He left Rouen and enrolled in "Decorative Arts", rue de l'École-de-Médecine. He follows evening classes in sculpture, architecture and mathematics, but very quickly prefers the rigorous schoolgirls to the joyful company of his new friends from the Hôtel du Poirier where he settled. One of them, Élisée Maclet, in the process of divorce, took refuge there in the autumn of 1919.
Arrived in Montmartre in 1912, after a galley of small trades, Maclet finally saw his painting. He will quickly teach the young Normand all the tricks of the trade. Lucien Genin is twenty-five years old and settles down for good in Montmartre. He leaves the hotel to settle in the Bateau-Lavoir. He shares his youth with Ginette, a lost young girl met up there. Lucien Genin will work for Léon Mathot and Henri Bureau and will befriend the painters Frank Will, Gen Paul, Émile Boyer, Marcel Leprin ... and also Max Jacob and Dorival.
More than a Painter of Paris, Genin is a Painter of Parisians, of the devouring passion which agitates all his characters of the big city. He painted them in the alleys of Montmartre, dining in the evening on Place du Tertre, singing with the Agile Rabbit, in a car on the boulevards, onlookers surrounding weightlifters and street singers; he follows them on the banks of the Marne at the first rays of the sun and in the South of France, in summer. He is in turn in Nogent-sur-Marne, in Marseille and Cassis, in Cannes and in Villefranche-sur-Mer. He was in Douarnenez in 1929 with Pierre Colle, Giovanni Leonardi and Max Jacob. He painted the port of Rosmeur on the feast of blue nets and exhibited his painting at the Salon d'Automne in 1930. Ten years already of intelligent painting, composed, colorful, sensitive, skillful, delicate, humorous and funny.
But also the end of the Roaring Twenties and the world crisis… A painting by Lucien Genin obtains in 1932 the price of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1936, Ginette leaves, Lucien leaves Montmartre for Saint-Germain-des-Prés, his "room to paint" is at 16 rue Jacques-Callot and Galerie Bernard, his new merchant, has been installed for a year at 8 from the same street. In 1940, he took refuge in Marseille for a few months. In 1941, the City of Paris bought him a gouache and in 1944 René Fauchois presented his exhibition at the Bernard gallery. We read in The Arts Journal that "his gouaches are quickly removed with a je-ne-sais-quoi of light, improvised, mixture of fantasy and safety ..." Real Genin, if not, that in those times, we now notice that the artist has something outdated. But his art still appeals.
Genin lives and sells his gouaches in the neighborhood, at Cailac or Barreiro, at Anacréon, Léo Larguier and Maurice Rheims have them. In 1947, he left for the last time for Cassis and exhibited on his return to the Bernard gallery. He will never leave the Beaux-Arts district. Up there in his bedroom, he painted dream landscapes on his easel placed under the window, where Robert Doisneau visited him a few weeks before his death. Lucien Genin will be immortalized as it was in 1953 in Le Vin des rue by Robert Giraud and Robert Doisneau, published in 1955, without saying a word about the artist he was.
Lucien Genin died on August 26, 1953, he had entered the Cochin hospital the day before. Amputated from a gangrenous leg, he did not survive the operation. Thanks to Ginette, her body was not buried in the mass grave. His burial is still in the cemetery of Thiais. Many Museums keep his works.
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