Jean Deyrolle

Born 1911, Nogent-sur-Marne, France

Died 1967, Toulon, France


1928-1931   Moves to Paris to study art and advertising.

1930-1933   Works alone at Concarneau and Rabat, Morocco, focusing on landscapes and still-life paintings and lithographs.

Early 1940s   Moves to Brittany; studies works of Paul Sérusier. Deyrolle implements the artist’s use of figure/ground relationships, but does not detach figures from the background like Sérusier.  

1942   Settles in Paris; meets other abstraction painters including Jean Dewasne and Hans Hartung through the Galerie Denise René.

1944   Though an active artist for quite some time, Deyrolle dates this year to his birth as an artist. He exhibits at the Salon d’Automne.

1950   Begins painting in tempera and continues his work as a printmaker. A major work, Séjour, is published in Paris in 1970 with Samuel Beckett.