Monique CRAS (1910-2007): Tombouctou travel poster, signed

 

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Monique CRAS (1910-2007) : Tombouctou Travel Poster. Signed on the bottom right. Edited by 'Le Syndicat d'Initiative de la République soudanaise' with the help of the 'Office du tourisme d'Outre-Mer' in Grenoble, Imprimerie Daudelet. Paper glued on cotton fabric.

From the 30's

Bibliography

BENEZIT: Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Paris. Gründ. 1999. Vol.4, p.75b.

Monique CRAS (1910-2007):
French female painter born in Brest, daughter of the rear-admiral Jean CRAS (1879-1932), surgeon and music composer. From 1932 to 1937, she is student of Paul-Albert LAURENS and Lucien SIMON in Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where she won three medals.
She exhibited in Salon des Artistes Français since 1936 (Silver medal in 1937) and also in Salon des Indépendants and Salon des Tuileries.
In 1937-38, She traveled in North-Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) and in the Hoggar.
In 1938-39, she discovered the French Occidental Africa and exhibited in 1939 thirty paintings inspired by her last travel at 'Salon de la Société Coloniale des Artistes Français'.
In 1939-40, she traveled in Spain and in spanish Marocco, invited by the 'Casa Velasquez' with Yvonne MARIOTTE.
In 1942, she won the Louis DUMOULIN Award for Algeria and went back to the Hoggar.
In 1952, Monique CRAS executed monumental decorations for the Centenary of New Caledonia and after a big panel on Niger for the 'Expo 58' in Brussels.
From 1948 to 1975, she taught at many schools of Paris. Member of the 'Société des Artistes Français', she exhibited in the yearly 'Salon' and in a number of private and officials exhibitions; the French State and the Town of Paris bought some of her works.
She died in Paris in 2007.

Source:
www.france-memoires.com
www.jeancras.wordpress.com
Lynne THORNTON: Les Africaniste, peintres voyageurs. Paris. ACR Edition. 1990.

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