“Le modèle endormi”
Pastel on paper 30 cm x 40cm signed lower right.drawing pastel sleeping nude model drawing pastel sleeping nude model
“Le modèle endormi”
Pastel on paper 30 cm x 40cm signed lower left.drawing pastel sleeping nude model drawing pastel sleeping nude model
Pierre DevalFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pierre Deval (1897 in Lyon – 1993 in La Valette-du-Var), was a French figurative painter of the 20th century, noted as a colorist and for his subtle paintings of women and children. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Domaine d’Orvès, his house at La Valette-du-Var, was a gathering place for French artists who worked along the Côte d’Azur and inProvence.
Youth and Education
Pierre Jean Charles Deval was born August 20, 1897 in Lyon, the third child of a silk merchant, Gustave Deval (1853–1943). Pierre was of fragile health, and his parents took him frequently to the countryside or beach resorts for rest and a change of air, or to Paris to visit the galleries of the Luxembourg Palace and the Louvre. He also frequented the musee Saint Pierre in Lyon, where he was deeply impressed by the drawings and sculpture of Auguste Rodin, and visited the Institute of Archeology, where he saw the reproductions of Greco-Latin statues and developed a passion for Greek and Roman myths, which was to play a large part in his later work.
In 1914, at the beach at LeBaule, he became friends with Rene Chomette, who became famous much later as a film director under the pseudonym of René Clair. The two boys began a long friendship and corresponded frequently about their discoveries in art. At the age of 14, Deval was particularly impressed by the exoticism of the colors, sets and costumes of the Ballets Russes, which visited Lyon.
Career as an artist
He began to study art seriously in Paris as student of painter Émile-René Ménard and Lucien Simon. Deval had his first show of drawings, portraits of young women, at the Lyon salon of 1918. In 1921, he became a friend of the French surrealist poet Jacques Rigaut, who introduced him into the circle of the Dadaism, and of Tristan Tzara, and writers André Breton and Louis Aragon. He briefly edited an artistic review in Lyon between February 1921 and June 1922. At the 1921 Salon