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Jaques Pellegrin

Jaques Pellegrin

A French painter artists, painting portraits, landscapes and still life. He started to paint at age eight. When he was eleven years old, he carried off the first prize from the Aix-en-Provence city hall. His style connected first to classic and realist art movements, but then he discovered Impressionism. After studying to be a translator in Munich, he obtained a German (language) license in Aix-en-Provence. Teaching was quickly forsaken in favour of living a life of chance as a free artist. In 1980 he devoted himself to painting and studied German Expressionism. Pellegrin was influenced by Fauvists and French Expressionists such as Vincent van Gogh, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Kees van Dongen, and Henri Matisse. He also followed artists of the Provence and Marseille schools, including Auguste Chabaud, Louis Mathieu Verdilhan, and Pierre Ambrogiani. His fundamental guideline: to paint and depict his epoch, his time.

He frequently uses strong colors and underlines his figures with a thick, black stroke. Each painting tells a story, an anecdote, a memory. At the same time, strongly anchored in his epoch, when Pellegrin raises up the past, he does not emphasize nostalgia, only affection.

He is mentioned in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists (1999 and 2006).

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