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JEAN-CONSTANT-RAYMOND RENEFER (French / 1879-1957)

The Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker Jean-Constant-Raymond Renefer was born in Bétheny, Marne, and died in Andrèsy, Gravelines. His real name was Jean-Constant-Raymond Fontanet, but he always worked as Renefer. He studied at the École National des Beaux-Arts under Paulin, and subsequently exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. Renefer's life and work were profoundly influenced by his experiences in World War One. Many of his finest etchings reflect life in the trenches, notably his illustration made for two key WWI texts, Le Cabaret by Arnoux and Le Feu by Barbusse. Renefer's own drawings from the trenches, sent as illustrated letters to his young daughter, have been published in one of the most intimate and moving of all books from that great conflict, Belle Petite Monde. After about 1930, Renefer forsook etching for wood engraving and lithography. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. A catalogue raisonnée of Renefer's work is being prepared by Marie Gabrielle Thierry, President of the Renefer Association, which exists to promote knowledge of Jean-Constant-Raymond Renefer's work.

See also:

PIERRE FALKÉ
GEORGES GORVEL

Selected prints by JEAN-CONSTANT-RAYMOND RENEFER

Canal in Venice, 1926
Etching/aquatint
Dockside, 1926
Etching/aquatint
Cantonnement à Bras
(Meuse), 1915
Etching/aquatint

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