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Paul Rebeyrolle

"I often wonder about the life condition of individuals as much or more as painting."


Notes of biography

The son of school teachers, Reyberolle spent his childhood in the countryside. During this early part of his life, as a sick child, he got into the habit of taking long walks and he learned to appreciate nature and the simple life. When he arrived in Paris in 1944, he already wanted to be a painter. But he had to work for a living and soon started missing “the country” and moved to different rural settings (Aube, Côte d’Or).
In the immediate post-war period, Reyberolle participated in a number of large art shows. After finding inspiration in impressionnismPicasso and Cubism, the 1945 Soutine show was a revelation to him. “I understood immediately that Soutine was my painter.” During that period, one of his most stimulating and productive ones, Reyberolle met Braque, Picasso, and most of the artists who would later become leading artistic figures.
His first one-man show opened in 1951 in Paris. He showed a series of paintings done in a classical style. During the decade, he received a number of distinguished awards, while was raging the war between figurative and abstract artists.
In 1955, he himself went through his own personal inner revolution, which left even his most ardent admirers quite disconcerted. There was a new freedom in his representations and his style went quickly from representative to plastic. From then on, Reyberolle went to the essential of expressing his own sense of poetry working on the human body as if it were clay in his hands. For a time, he went almost completely abstract, then he found his own point of equilibrium between the reality of the world he saw and his own inner world.
The painter Paul Rebeyrolle left us in 2005.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Paul Rebeyrolle », Pierre Descargues, Ed. Maeght, Paris, 1969
  • « Paul Rebeyrolle, rétrospective », Gal. Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1979
  • « Paul Rebeyrolle », Musée d'Art Moderne de Céret, 1986
  • « Paul Rebeyrolle », Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, 2000
  • « L'Oeuvre de chair : Paul Rebeyrolle, la peinture et la vie », L. Bourg, Ed. Urdla, 2006
  • « Rebeyrolle ou l'obstination de la peinture », M. C. Thomas, Ed. Gallimard, 2009
  • « Rebeyrolle », cat. d'expo., Domaine national de Chambord, Somogy éditions d'art, 2012
  • « Rebeyrolle vivant », P. Audi et autres, Ed. Espace Paul Reyberolle, 2015
  •  Rebeyrolle et la jeune peinture », V. Pugin et autres, Musée de l'Abbaye St Claude, 2016
  • « Les animaux de P. R. », E. Farran et autres, Musée Estrine, St-Rémy-de-Provence, 2017
To read from the artist :
  • «Chaque peintre à sa lumière» : Entret. avec M. Bouisset in Opus Intern.,1984
  • « Le journal d'un peintre», G. Rondeau, Ed. des Equateurs, 2012
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