Cavalier - Project for the Opera de Bordeaux circa 1956, Sampiero Corso by H. Tomasi

ROGER BEZOMBES ( (1919-1994)

Cavalier - Project for the Opera de Bordeaux circa 1956, Sampiero Corso by H. Tomasi

c. 1956 France

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Roger Bezombes was born in Paris in 1913, and in 1934 commenced his studies at the École des Beaux Arts. In 1936 he won the Grand Prix de Rome, and in the same year another prize which enabled him to travel to Africa for the first time.

Roger Bezombes paintings were influenced in the 1930’s by his friendship with the artist Maurice Denis, and by the work of Henri Matisse. He exhibited regularly in Paris at the Salon d’Automne, and the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, as well as one man shows at Parisian galleries such as Galerie Charpentier in 1938, and Galerie André Weil.

He was an inveterate traveller, and his travels throughout Europe, Africa, and the USA in the 1950’s also served to influence his unique style, which evolved into incorporating elements of Cubism, and the use of collage as a structural tool; however whatever happened to influence his vision at any particular time, his confident and exuberant use of colour was a constant element.

Roger Bezombes also designed advertising posters (winning the Grand Prix de l’Affiche Françaises in 1984), and created costumes and sets for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He continued to exhibit internationally throughout his career at Cairo, Copenhagen, Geneva, New York, Bucharest, Sophia and Athens, Istanbul, Ankara, Lisbon and Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.

Roger Bezombes died in 1994.
Paris: National Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art of the Town of Paris, Carnavalet Museum, Museum of the Art Schools, National Library of France, Library of the Arsenal, Museum of the Currency, National Museum of the Navy, Collections of the Sate Museum of Island-of-France, Museum of Seals
Province: Museums of Albi, of Aries (Reattu Museum where a Roger Bezombes room exists), Chateau-Cambresis (Matisse Museum) Le Havre, Lyon, Nancy, Narbonne, Nice, Romans (Museum of the Shoe), Toulouse, Valence
Abroad: Museum of Algiers, Savo Gran de Brazza, Museum of Oran, Art Gallery of Athens, Foundation Carnegie (USA) and Museum of Utrecht

Monumental ceramics frontage for the Bank of Tunisia.
Africa, tapestry for the Hall of Honor of the French House of the World Fair
of Brussels (1958).
Versailles Apartment for the famous cruise ship “Ille de France”; Decoration
for “France”; Mural decoration for the National Navy with Saint Mandrier;
Monumental Aubusson Tapestries for the French House of the States
of Overseas, Paris.
Wall covering of 150 m2 Music, Room of the Philharmonic Orchestra, House of Radio France.
Series of medals published by the Mint and Medals of France.
Continuation of 16 posters created for Air France, exhibited at the Center George Pompidou
Posters and medals for Filex France
Current painting, Rene Huyghe, Library Atlas of Arts, P. Tisne ED., 1945 Modern Art and the World, Jean Rudel, Rene Huyghe, Larousse, T.2., 1970 The Woman in Painting Orientalist, Lynn Thorton
Stages of Contemporary French Painting, Bernard Dorivai
Dictionary of the Print in France, Jeanine Bailly-Herzberg, Arts and Trades Graphic
Paintings and the Black Africa, Collection ABC
Africanists, Painter Travellers, ACR Editions, 1990
Painters of the School of Paris, ED., Ides and Calendes, 1993
Benezit Dictionary
Roger Bezombes is the author of Exoticism in Art and Thought. Paul Valery, Elsevier Editions.

Height 22.00 cm (8.66 inches)
Width 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Gouache on Paper
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