Sur La Plage, c.1940

by Lucien Adrion

Lucien Adrion was known for his depictions of the French countryside and beaches. Though his paintings were made after the heyday of Impressionism, Adrion’s work largely adhered to the movement’s aesthetic model.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 32.0 ins/ 61.0 x 81.3 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Adrion’ (lower left)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5971 Categories: , ,

Lucien Adrion was known for his depictions of the French countryside and beaches. Though his paintings were made after the heyday of Impressionism, Adrion’s work largely adhered to the movement’s aesthetic model.

In 1940 he exhibited in the Salon d’Automme and the following year 1941 in the Salon des Tuileries where he exhibited several landscapes. As an engraver, watercolorist and painter from the French school, he took a variety of external scenes as subjects for his work, showing a particular fondness for the picturesque aspects of the Parisian landscape, beach scenes and horse races.

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Lucien Adrion was born May 25, 1889 in Strasbourg, France. He was was a French Post-Impressionist painter, draftsman, and printmaker known for his depictions of the French countryside and beaches, as well as Parisian life including landscape, still life, figure and landmark paintings. He began his initial studies in Strasbourg as a technical draughtsman. In 1907, at the age of eighteen the artist left his native town of Strasbourg and moved to Paris to work as a draftsman to the fashion industry. He travelled to London, Munich and Frankfurt. When he visited Germany the outbreak of the First World War meant he was demobilised in Berlin. Here Adrion studied at the studio of Hermann Struck (1876-1944), a well-known artist in etchings and engravings who was also the master of artists such as Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and Lesser Ury (1861-1931). Adrion remained in Berlin until after the end of the First World War, and returned to Strasbourg in 1919.


His signed lithographs were a success and monetarily fuelled his travels back to Paris. Georges Chéron an art dealer who also represented artists like Amadeo Modigliani and Foujita, staged a One-man Show of Adrion’s work in February 1921 and represented him henceforth. In the neighbourhood of Montparnasse, Adrion associated with young Eastern European painters such as Chaime Soutine (1893-1943), Pinchus Krémegne (1890-1981) and Michel Kikoine (1892-1968) who were to comprise the École de Paris Group.

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