andré beaucé

(1911 - 1974)

” Beaucé’s art reflects a violent vision of a certain reality”

André Beaucé représenté par la Galerie Danielle Bourdette Gorzkowski à honfleur


Possessed by painting and work, this Breton born in 1911 devoted his ascetic life to the fury of painting, sincere, ambitious and always attracted by modernity.

His canvases are thoughtful, heartfelt, but above all free of any system, and have a powerful sonority. The tones, always highly developed, are forcefully opposed in a composition cut with vigour.

After living for several years in Algeria, notably at the Villa Abd El Tif where he received a scholarship from 1946 to 1948, André Beaucé returned to France in 1949 and took up his teaching post at the Paris schools.

His painting was then powerfully expressionist, free of any system. In the 50s, he produced vigorous, intense portraits, without complacency, captured in an almost caricatural way. The tones, always very strong, are forcefully contrasted in a composition cut with vigour.

After the dark years of the war, Beaucé’s art conveys a violent vision of a certain reality, always brutal yet magnificent. If we had to sum it up in one word, we could say that it is “baroque expressionism”.