JEAN CARZOU (Armenian/French / 1907-2000)

Jean Carzou was born Karnig (some sources spell it Garnik) Zouloumian, in Aleppa, Syria. In 1924 he received a scholarship to study architecture in Paris, but although he completed his architecture degree he had fallen in love with painting. Jean Carzou's earliest works were abstract, cubist-inspired and relatively monochrome, but he soon moved to a more colourful and representational style. Carzou made his first lithograph in 1951, and subsequently worked a great deal in this medium. He held solo exhibitions all over the world, and was elected to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1977, and his work can now be seen in the Carzou Museum run by the Fondation Carzou in Manosque, France. Our prints by Jean Carzou are lithographs of Paris from the book and print portfolio, Paris sur Seine, and lithographs inspired by the writing of Albert Camus and Ernest Hemingway. See: Krikor Keusseyan, Carzou: Painter of a Magic World, New York, 1982; Maguy Furhange, Carzou Graveur et Lithographe vol. 1 and Pierre Mazars and Muriel Brion, Carzou Graveur et Lithographe vol. 2, Nice, 1971, 1975; Pierre Cailler, Catalogue Raisonné de l’Oeuvre Grave et Lithographe de Carzou, Geneva, 1962.

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Selected prints by JEAN CARZOU

Le Pont des Arts, 1986
Le quai du Passy, 1986
Nude (Carnets), 1964

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