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NOEL BUREAU (French / Active 1916-1957)

The modernist poet Noël Bureau was a well-known figure in Bohemian Montmartre. He was friendly with many artists of the between-the-wars School of Paris, notably Marcel Gromaire, Tade Makowski, Pierre Dubreuil, Édouard Goerg, Alexandre Ralli, Per Krohg, and Jean-Gabriel Daragnès. Which of these taught Noël Bureau to make wood engravings is uncertain, but it was likely Gromaire, who made his own first wood engravings for Bureau's 1925 collection, Ruptures, and also etched a portrait of the poet. Another inspiration for Bureau's naïvely exuberant wood engravings of the circus was the work of the self-taught artist Camille Bombois. Bombois was an ex-circus strongman and wrestler, who worked in a printing factory at night and painted by day. In 1922 Noël Bureau spotted his work hanging on the railings in the Place du Tertre and championed him as a master of naïve art, an opinion which holds good today. Bombois painted many circus motifs.

See also:

LUCIEN BOUCHER
JEAN-GABRIEL DARAGNÈS
PIERRE DUBREUIL
ÉDOUARD GOERG
MARCEL GROMAIRE
PER KROHG
TADE MAKOWSKI
ALEXANDRE RALLI

Selected prints by NOEL BUREAU

Baron Samedi, 1933
Wood engraving •SOLD
Joueur de jazz, 1933
Wood engraving
Cirque, 1933
Wood engraving •SOLD

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