Collomb, Paul(French, 1921-1998)
Born in Ain in 1921, Collomb left at the age of 17 to study art in Paris. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War and were resumed at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts under Souverbie after the Liberation. Collomb was an accomplished painter, winning the Premier Second Grand Prix de Rome in 1950 and the Prix Feneon the following year. Collomb’s work has been exhibited in France and internationally, even winning a prestigious award in Korea, the first of its kind given to a westerner. Collomb was a part of many Parisian salons and is most readily identified with the “Salon Comparisons” lead by Maurice Boitel.
The work of Collomb is very painterly, utilizing the texture of the paint to enhance the overall image. His works often are comprised of intimate garden scenes overflowing with lush, colorful vegetation. The artist has had a lifelong fascination with Spain, an interest reflected in a number of his paintings. Drawing on the famous paintings created by Spain’s great masters, the artist reworked them to fit his simple, unique style. Paintings by the artist are owned by the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the modern Art Museum of Utrecht, the Museum of Jakarta, the Museum of Tel Aviv, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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