christian caillard

(1899 - 1985)

“I seek to express feelings by the most purely pictorial means”

christian caillard représenté par la Galerie Danielle Bourdette Gorzkowski à honfleur


Recognized in 1949 as a “Painter of Poetic Reality” by Gisèle d’Assailly, Christian Caillard divides his time between his studio in Montmartre and many trips: Mexico, Madagascar, Bali, Bora-Bora.

After the “Phony War”, followed by his captivity in an oflag, he became attached to Brittany where he painted more particularly in St Guénolé and Ouessant. He also goes regularly to Spain where he acquires a house in Javea in 1953.

“I try to express feelings by the most purely pictorial means” said Caillard adding “painting is for me only human resonance”

Reflection of his emotions and testimony of his encounters, his work illustrates his interest in the human figure.

“Everything that embodies beauty attracts him: the vegetation, the variety of costumes, the richness of fabrics, the graces of childhood” (in l’Ecole de Paris 1945 – 1965 de Lydia Harambourg)

Danielle Bourdette-Gorzkowski

Extract from «  Les Années 50 »