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Charles Lapicque

(1898—1988)


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French painter, printmaker, and sculptor, born at Taizé, Rhône. He obtained a degree in civil engineering at Lisieux in 1924 and in 1938 became a Doctor of Science with a dissertation on ‘Optics and the Perception of Contours’. He took up painting as a hobby in 1925 and during the 1930s exhibited in the main Paris Salons. In 1937 he painted decorations for the Palais de la Découverte at the Paris Exposition Universelle, and in 1941 he began exhibiting with the Peintres de Tradition Française. After the Second World War his work took on some of the characteristics of the abstraction typical of the École de Paris at this time, but it remained based on natural appearances. From the scene before him, he evolved a network of heavy crisscross lines, the intervals between which were filled with colour as if seen behind a lattice. His colourful style was influenced by Dufy, with whom he shared a liking for cheerful subjects such as horse races and regattas. In addition to paintings, he made prints in various techniques and occasionally worked as a sculptor, producing carved stone heads.

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

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