PAINTINGS - OBJECTS FOR DISPLAY - STUDIO COLLECTIONS
10:00 AM: PAINTINGS - OBJECTS FOR SHOWCASE
2:00 PM: CONTINUATION PAINTINGS - OBJECTS OF WINDOW - FUNDS OF WORKSHOP
Henry Mirande ( Nice 1877- Paris 1955). Painter and illustrator (postcards and books) for newspapers such as: Le Rire, l'assiette au beurre and grisette. Former professor of drawing at the academy Julian in Paris.
ROBERT POMMIER (23 January 1907 - 15 January 1972)
After brilliant studies in architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, Robert Pommier, orphan of his decorator father, who died of a wound during the First World War, was awarded the second Grand Prix de Rome in architecture by the Academy of Fine Arts on December 3, 1932 for his project "a summer residence in the mountains.
In 1929, a competition was opened for the construction of "a decorative ensemble harmonizing with the development plan of the Porte de Saint-Cloud and which could include water games". Two young architects and a sculptor responded to this ambitious project: Robert Pommier, architect for the City of Paris, winner of the Grand Prix de Rome and laureate of the Institute, Jacques Billard, architect, and Paul Landowski, a major artist of the 20th century, future director of the Villa Medici and then of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, who had produced famous works in Paris, in the Eastern Plains (the Ghosts) and in Brazil (Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro).
Their collaboration gave birth to a double luminous fountain with slender lines described by the architects as "a symbolic door formed by two brilliant motifs". By combining the gushing waters with the decorative motifs of the sculpture and the luminous technique, the public received this work with wonder and the press was quick to designate it a masterpiece of decorative art.
Robert Pommier was an architect for the city of Paris, then in 1941, he was appointed chief architect of the Loiret and was one of the pioneers of the reconstruction of the department after the Second World War.
He was one of the pioneers of the reconstruction of the department after the Second World War. A workaholic, he built and rehabilitated many buildings, the most famous of which were the reconstruction of the Rue Royale, the Hunting Museum in Gien and the psychiatric hospital in Fleury les Aubrais.
At the beginning of the 1960s, he set up his practice on the banks of the Loire, at 19 chemin de Halage, in a building he built to combine work and family life.
In parallel to his professional life as an architect, he has a real passion for painting and his easel is part of his daily life, which he uses as some would use a camera. His numerous trips to France, Norway, Italy ...
The techniques used are varied, but his watercolors are the most prolific of his work.
In 1963, a stroke during his summer vacations in the Lot region of France paralyzed his right side for life, condemning him to end his professional life.
Painting, which he took up again with his left hand, was his outlet and allowed him to survive for a few more years; flowers became his favorite subject and his production was very fertile until his death on January 15, 1972 at the age of 62.
During these years when he devoted himself only to painting in his studio on the Chemin de Halage, he organized several exhibitions as a member of the Orleanist artists' association, notably at the Charles Péguy center.