JACQUES BIRR (French / 1920-)

The painter, lithographer and designer of medals Jacques Birr was born in Paris. His architect father encouraged his artistic development, but the young Jacques pursued a career as a chemical engineer in the printed fabrics industry. It was not until 1958 that Jacques Birr took the decision to become an artist. He started by drawing in the Jardin des Plantes and the Jardin Zoologique, and the theme of nature and animals has remained constant in his work to this day. In 1961 Birr had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Saint-Placide, and studied under Jean Aujame at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Since 1964 it has been Birr’s practice to paint directly in front of the motif, rather than from preparatory drawings. Among many exhibitions are an important solo show at Durand Ruel in 1973 and others in Paris, Bâle, Nantes, Geneva, Strasbourg and elsewhere. In 1979 Jacques Birr was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Art Animalier “Rosa Bonheur”; he is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. Jacques Birr has made two important series of lithographs, to illustrate the texts España Sagrada by Henry de Montherlant and La Forêt Perdue by Maurice Genevoix, both issued in small limited editions.

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Selected prints by JACQUES BIRR

Young woman, 1972
Hound, 1972
Hawk, 1972

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