Andre Beaudin

Born in 1895 in Mennecy (Seine-et-Oise), France, Andre Beaudin was a French painter and sculptor with a unique and intuitive painting style. Between 1911 and 1915 he attended l'École des arts decoratifs, developing an individual style. Beaudin's artistic career was surpressed for some time when he was deployed to serve in World War I. It wasn't until 1919, when he married painter Suzanne Rogers, that he shortly thereafter picked back up. In 1922 Beaudin held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Percier in Paris, organized by Max Jacob. 

By the 1930s cubism was making waves, but Beaudin was one of the first young artists to react against it. Instead, his art "became a search for all that as contrary to formula." His paintings began to be exhibited extensively throughout Europe and North America, in major solo exhibitions. In November 1962, Beaudin was awarded the Grand Prix National des Arts for his contribution to Modern Art. He was later commissioned by the architect Edouard Albert to create a major mosaic for the Faculty of Science de Jussieu in the 5th Arrondissement, near the Latin Quarter in Paris.

From 1964-1966 he worked collaboratively with the Manufacture de Sevres, the principal European procelain manufacturers, and created many sculptures and original decor with them. He passed away in June 1979 in France, but his work is still prominently represented and displayed by major institutions, such as the Musee National d'art Modern, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Centre National d'art Contemporain, Paris.