Oswald Perrelle was born in Montmartre, Paris, on 8th July 1897 and his father was an accountant and his mother a seamstress.
He attended L’École de Bernard Palissy in Paris to study sculpture but a passion for painting soon overtook that of sculpture and by 1928 through to 1930, he was producing mainly figurative work. This changed though after the end of World War II when he became influenced by the major artists of the time such as André L’Hote, Alphonse Legros and Raoul Dufy.
These inspirations then evolved in to a move towards Cubism. Sometimes, he would start a painting in a figurative style but with several re-workings, it would become Cubist. He devised his own method of mixing paints whereby he combined pastel with the oil paint and then varnished the completed work. The result of this was that his paintings were imbued with a particular vibrancy and luminescence.
Perrelle’s subject matter included portraits, still-life, landscapes and coastal scenes. He drew inspiration from time spent in Provence – Aix-en-Provence, Bandol and Biot; Brittany – in areas such as Pointe du Toulinquet and Kerity; the Balearic Islands and the Pyrenean region of Collioure, Port Bou and Port Vendres.
During all his time as a painter, he still remained an employee of the SNCF, a job that he started just after the end of the First World War. He worked as a publicist for the train company and was the photographer for “La Vie du Rail”. He died in Paris on 10th February1992.