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JEAN LEPPIEN (German/French / 1910-1991)

Jean Leppien was born in Luneburg, Germany, to a family of French Huguenot origin. Jean Leppien was a pupil of Albers, Kandinsky and Klee at the Bauhaus, and worked with Moholy-Nagy in the Bauhaus studio. All Jean Leppien's work up to 1944 was lost, seized by the Gestapo and destroyed as degenerate art. Like Hans Hartung, Jean Leppien joined the French Foreign Legion in WWII, hating Nazism more than he hated war. Demobilised, he joined the French Resistance, but was arrested. Freed by the Allies, Leppien returned to Paris, when he found his wife, herself liberated from Auschwitz. The story of the post-war years was a happier one, with Leppien finding huge success in France and internationally, with many personal and group exhibitions. There was a retrospective at the Galerie Lahumičre in Paris in 1997, with a catalogue by Helmut Leppien, Jean Leppien, peintures 1947-1978.

See also:

HANS HARTUNG
AUGUSTE HERBIN
WASSILY KANDINSKY
PAUL KLEE
ALBERTO MAGNELLI
LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY

Selected prints by JEAN LEPPIEN

Témoignage XIX, 1952
Pochoir

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