Marcel BURTIN (1902-1979): The reading woman. Circa 1940.



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Marcel BURTIN (1902-1979): The reading woman. Pencil on paper. Signed on the bottom right.

From the 40's

32x24,5cm/12 1/2inx9 1/2in

Marcel BURTIN (1902-1979):
Born in 1902 in Gafsa in Tunisia, he arrived to Paris in 1911. Son of a miner, he became a seaman then a worker in Renault, the french car company.
In 1932, he met Edouard Pignon (1905-1993) and following his advices began to draw and to paint.
Since 1940, he is associated with the "Groupe de la Jeune Peinture" (Group of New Painting) (Pignon, Borès, Gischia, Manessier, Le Moal, Tailleux, Tal Coat) and met Picasso whose he became a friend.
He exhibited in 1945 in Salon des Independants and in 1947 he is present with Hans Hartung, François Desnoyer (1894-1972) and Borès for the "Exposition des peintres d'Aujourd'hui" (Exhibition of the painters of today). In 1956, he exhibits with Picasso and Fernand Leger in Mexico.
He began with pencil and charcoal drawings, following the 1rst Ecole de Paris, with cubist influence, in the style of Georges Braque, Henri Matisse or Picasso. After the war, he evoluted in painting from a strong figuration to a powerful abstraction and belongs to the 2nd Ecole de Paris.

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