Yves Alix


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French painter, born in Fontainebleau. He was one of the French painters who was most influenced by Expressionism. His best-known painting, The Master of the Harvest (1921, Pompidou Centre, Paris), presenting an aggressive, snarling figure, can be thought of as a kind of militant alternative to the celebration, common in French culture of the time, of the peasantry as a conservative force. In the 1930s Alix became a strong supporter of the left-wing Popular Front and his paintings sometimes had a strongly satirical bent in their depiction of the wealthy classes. In the 1950s he painted in a Lyrical Abstract manner. He also worked as a theatre designer.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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