Artist biography

Maurice Estève born 1904

French abstract painter, born in Culan (Cher). His family moved to Paris in 1913. Worked for a year as designer in a textile factory in Barcelona 1923. Attended the free course at the Académie Colarossi in 1924 and studied the works of Fouquet and Uccello in the Louvre; of the moderns, particularly admired Cézanne. Began to develop away from realism in 1928, and was influenced in the following years by Léger, Matisse and Bonnard. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Yvangot, Paris, 1930. Worked as assistant to Robert Delaunay on huge decorative panels for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. In the 1940s his stylised figure, still-life and landscape compositions with strong colours gradually became completely abstract, with tight-knit interlocking shapes in rich, bold colours. Has also made a number of watercolours and collages, and designed stained glass in 1957 for a church at Berlincourt in the Bernese Jura. Lives in Paris and Berry.

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.211