"Jean Launois (1898-1942) - At The Bar! - Signed Gouache"Jean LAUNOIS (1898-1942)
At the bar!
Gouache on paper signed lower right
Framed under glass
Format (at sight): 26 x 36 cm
Format (frame): 42.5 x 52.5 cm
Coffee scene full of tenderness, probably representing a father and his son, exhausted and disillusioned, after a day's work...
Winner of the Abd-el-Tif Prize in 1920, he spent two years in Algiers, where he met the orientalist painter Étienne Dinet. His meeting in 1920 with Albert Marquet, who had come to Algeria for the first time, would be decisive for the rest of his career, which was marked by greater freedom of expression. Jean Launois never stopped coming back to Algiers: it is there that he was fulfilled. A friend of Étienne Bouchaud, he painted the little people, the "bad places" and the "reserved quarters" of the Kasbah.
He travelled to Indochina and was awarded the Prix de l'Indochine in 1923, then in 1931, the Cotton Prize (awarded by the Société des Peintres Orientalistes).
A recognised artist, he was also one of the spearheads of the Saint-Jean-de-Monts group, which included two generations of painters from 1892 to 1950: he worked alongside Henry Simon (1910-1987) among others.