Artist biography

André Minaux born 1923

French painter and lithographer of figures, still life and landscape, who began as one of the post-war group of young French artists interested in a certain return to realism. Born in Paris. Studied at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs 1941-5 under Brianchon. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie des Impressions d'Art, Paris, 1946. Awarded the Prix de la Critique 1949. Exhibited in 1949 and 1950 with the group 'Homme témoin', which also included Lorjou, Buffet and Rebeyrolle. His early paintings mostly in sombre, earthy pigments and with expressionistic simplifications, of figures or still life in his studio, dead animals in butchers' shops, etc., followed by scenes of rural life and landscape in brighter colours. Has made over 300 lithographs and illustrated a number of books, including Barbey d'Aurevilly's L'Ensorcelée 1955 and Jules Renard's Les Philippes 1958. Partly through his friendship with Beaudin and Estève, and his admiration for Léger, his work developed away from naturalism in the early 1960s, and became more stylised and colourful; enigmatic women in interiors became a favourite theme. Lives in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.521