"Small Circus In Front Of Notre-dame-de-la-joie In Penmarc'h - Brittany - By Lionel Floch"Oil on canvas. Signed lower right. Many artists have represented circus scenes in Brittany.
There were not many distractions at the beginning of the XXth century, the circus was part of these moments of relaxation that the Bretons offered themselves in family.
Lionel Floch (1895-1972): trained from college with local artists including "the master" Théophile Deyrolles. Being a good student, Lionel Floch chose to pursue a career in administration as a receiver of the recording, without ever ceasing to paint. Very quickly he was transferred to the country, at Pont-Croix, where a host of very active artists was built up, this group formed the Pont-Croix school bringing together American, Belgian and regional painters. In 1930, they will be joined by Jean Moulin, then sub-prefect of Châteaulin and engraver at these lost hours, but also by the composer Van Parys, and the writer Max Jacob… The 1950s will see him successively transferred to Grasse and Chinon , then he will retire to Quimper in 1958 where he will end his days. Lionel Floch will produce and sell many of his works. He created large decorations painted for: Senator Astor in his manor in Kerazan, for the Pascal brothers' hotel in Quimper, for the car showroom in the Renault garage in Quimper. He will also try ceramics at the Henriot pottery from the end of the 1930s, but also drawing and engraving. Follower and inventive: Lionel Floch owes these two characteristics to his training outside the academic curriculum. It is in the verist line of Simon or Lemordant, but it offers a personal style in phase with the artistic landscape of Brittany, at the time of its modernization.