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ARTIST

PIERRE GRISOT

Grisot was born in 1911 in Paris. His parents wished Grisot to have a career as an engineer, and therefore he was encouraged to study the sciences. As soon as he obtained his diploma, he took a post as an engineer in the town of Besancon in France, where his parents lived. However, Grisot had an artist’s soul, and for many years he had wished to express his feelings with the aid of colors and brushed, and so he decided to give up his work as an engineer.


Grisot moved to Paris where he studied painting at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs for one year. Following this he studied at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he obtained his diploma as a teacher of drawing. Grisot went on to teach drawing and painting for many years, but he gave up this work as well, in order to be free to paint.


The first exhibition of Grisot’s paintings was held in Paris in 1942. In 1951, he received a prize for engraving and in 1952, the French Government awarded him a scholarship for several months stay in Tunisia.


At this time the museum of Besancon acquired two of his works. Grisot took part in many exhibitions of paintings in Paris, in particular in the salons des Independants and with the group of “The Paris School”, where he exhibited together with such artists as Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy and Villon.


He produced an engaging body of work that portrays a colourful and lighthearted world of young dancing girls, nude models, coquettes and ladies of leisure. Grisot’s favoured theme is the sharply dressed, self-assured young women, who he portrays in bright colour with pixie-like facial features. His scenes are playful and sensual, and invariably raise a question from the viewer about what happens next.

He gave to the world of art a captivating set of canvases that romantically portrayed the exciting and colourful world of young dancing girls, nude models, coquettes and ladies of leisure.

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