(1897 - 1971)
paul lemasson
This site is intented to pay tribute to the french painter PAUL LEMASSON who was born near Nantes (West of France and South of Brittany) in 1897 and almost all his life lived near Nantes where he died in 1971.

Paul Lemasson exceled at painting village scenes and daily life scenes filled with lively characters like the old flemish masters.

Paul Lemasson was particularly good too at painting the peace and quiet of his native country, the Nantes area and at showing its landscapes, its Loire bank and Erdre bank, its seasides and at describing the daily life of its people and at painting still lifes.

With a remarkable strength he describes the port of Nantes in the 1950th with its shipyard and its transporter bridge

Paul Lemasson was educated at the Art School of Nantes and then at the Art School of Paris by Fernand Cormon, student of Maurice Denis. At the same time Paul Lemasson specialized in the fresco art in Paul Baudoin's workroom, himself student of Puvis de Chavannes.

Paul Lemasson signed his paintings Paul Lemasson J. or Paul Lemasson Jeune (J. or Jeune for Young) to be different from his elder brother Albert Lemasson who was a painter too.

From 1927 to 1946 Paul lemasson completed mural paintings of numerous churches, like the one of his native village Saint Mars du Désert, very often in association with his elder brother Albert. Each brother sharing a part of the church and each one according to his own style. Some of the paintings of Paul Lemasson, for that matter, have a religious or biblical theme.

The first private exhibition took place in 1935. Many others will follow, in Brazil, in the United States, in Paris

After 1946 Paul Lemasson will force his style in little paintings showing village scenes and he will find an agent in the United States where a lot of his works are at the present time. His talent will be popularized in the years 1950 - 1960 by reproductions and prints and even puzzles of his paintings.

That way the printer's Catalda Fine Art in New York completed in 1952 the print of some of his so characteristic paintings.

So the private collection created by Dr Aubrey & Mrs Phoebe Copelan in Berverly Hills and Palm Springs

The artist was somebody discreet with a sense of modest and quiet happiness, enjoying nothing but painting in his Nantes area and far away from all artistic fashions and coterie.
And no doubt that his isolation and detachment from all external influences allied with a strong master helped him in developing a highly personal work, almost timeless and astonishingly poetic.

Our warmest thanks to the Paul Lemasson's daughter for communicating the detailed biography of her father. Download the english biography

The works shown in this site are those of a private collection and those sent by art lovers. Please do not hesitate to send pictures of the Paul lemasson paintings that you may have, we will be very pleased to add them on the site in order to have the largest glimpse of the Paul Lemmasson's work.

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