Jean LE MOAL 1909 - 2007
Jean Le Moal was a French painter, and also a founder member of the Salon de Mai, a gathering of artists who formed in Paris during the German Occupation of France in the Second World War, and who were opposed to Nazi ideas of ‘degenerate art'.
Prior to this, Le Moal had studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 1926, and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Paris in 1929. It was his exhibitions in wartime that found him involved with the Salon de Mai, and in the post-war years Le Moal established himself as a prominent European painter. He exhibited throughout Europe, and in 1953 was awarded the Prix de la Critique.
Much of his work was influenced by the leading movements in Paris during the period of his artistic development. Elements of Fauvism, Cubism and above all Abstraction are visible in many of his works, of which this work is no exception.