GAETAN DE ROSNAY (French / 1912-1992)

Gaëtan de Rosnay, who was of Basque origin, was born in Mauritius (l'Île Maurice), and died in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne. In 1930 he entered the atelier of Paul Colin, learning the arts of the poster and of set design for the theatre. In 1934 he returned to Mauritius to work on a plantation. In 1939 he returned to France, intending to devote himself to his art, and to spend the summers in his native Basque country. Demobilised in 1940, Gaëtan de Rosnay returned to his family in Biarritz. To avoid being sent to Germany as forced labour (Service du travail obligatoire), de Rosnay hid in a small apartment, painting only what he could glimpse from his window. After the war Gaëtan de Rosnay allied himself with other neo-realist young painters in a movement that came to be known as "misérabilisme", the graphic equivalent of Sartre's existentialism. These painters included Bernard Buffet, André Minaux, Maurice Verdier, Roger Montané, and a fellow-Basque, Paul Aïzpiri. Gaëtan was one of the founders of the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, and co-founded of the Biennale de Paris. Among his honours were the Prix Robert Antral in 1951 and the Prix de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1956. As well as producing paintings, lithographs and silkscreens, Gaëtan de Rosnay put his early training in set design to good use, creating the decor and costumes for Albert Camus' play Les Justes at the théatre Hébertot in 1949. See: Roger Bouillot, Gaëtan de Rosnay, 1985; Lydia Harambourg, L'École de Paris 1945-1965, 1993.

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Selected prints by GAETAN DE ROSNAY

Job, 1951
Io, vierge à cornes
de vache, 1950
Essai d'un cantique
de pitié a la craie, 1950

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