Gen Paul

Eugène Paul, known as Gen Paul, was born in Paris in 1895, where he died in 1975. Coming from a humble background, he taught himself to paint with scenes from everyday life in Montmartre. The balls and the views of Paris he painted placed him amongst the “painters of Montmartre,” alongside Utrillo, with whom he associated. Gen Paul developed a style that hailed from multiple influences and was affected by the turn of the century vanguard, as headed by Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh, as well as by his contemporaries: Picasso’s cubism, de Vlaminck’s brushwork, and his friend Juan Gris. Knowingly distorting observed reality using vibrant hues of eloquent symbolic significance, Gen Paul is often considered an Expressionist; his impastoed, intensely gestural, and expressive painting draws his work close to that of Chaïm Soutine.

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(Français) Gen Paul développe un style aux influences plurielles, marqué par les avant-gardistes du passage du siècle – Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh en tête – ainsi que par ses contemporains – son ami Juan Gris, le cubisme de Picasso, la couleur et la touche de Vlaminck. Déformant savamment, parfois jusqu’à outrance la réalité qu’il observe, usant de couleurs vives aux tonalités symboliques et éloquentes, Gen Paul est souvent considéré un peintre expressionniste, dont la peintre empâtée, couplée à une intensité gestuelle hautement expressive le rapprochent de l’art d’un Chaïm Soutine.

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