Private collection, France
Born on 1st July 1886 in Rouen, France, his father was a playwright and close friend of the
famed writer Guy de Mauspassant, who encouraged Pinchon to explore art as a youth. He began
his studies at the Lycée Pierre-Corneille in Rouen in 1901, where he met both Marcel Duchamp
and Pierre Dumont. In 1903, Pinchon took part in the Éxposition des Beaux Arts in Rouen
alongside Claude Monet. His work was noticed by the Impressionist art collector François
Depeaux (1853–1920), at whose home he had the opportunity to converse many times with
Albert Lebourg, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet.
Notably, Monet characterized him as “a surprising touch in the service of a surprising
eye”Pinchon participated in the Salon d’Automne in 1907, where he and his contemporaries
were lauded as the second group of talented artists to emerge after French Impressionists such
as Claude Monet. In 1914, Pinchon was called to serve in World War I, where he was wounded
several times being taken as a prisoner of war by Germany. The artist managed to escape
captivity and returned to Rouen in 1918. He went on to re-establish his career, and exhibited
works alongside Pierre Bonnard and Albert Marquet, amongst others.
Pinchon died on 3rd January 1943 in Bois-Guillaume, France. His works are now held in prestigious museums in
France including in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen.