Provence, France - French National Railways - Market in Aix-en-Provence
DISPLAYING: 11" x 14" Giclée Art Print
André Planson was born on 10 April 1898 in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, a small town on the Marne River. After completing his studies at the grammar school in Meaux, he received tuition from the landscape painter Paul Meslé who lived in Champigny, close to Ferté. After that, he went to Paris where he sometimes attended classes at the Académie Ranson.
In 1933, Planson was awarded the Prix Blumenthal. Since then, all his paintings are watched with interest by a constantly growing circle of amateurs. The government puts the painter in charge of important assignments, in particular for the Lycée Janson de Sailly (1934), forthe Théatre du Palais de Chaillot (1937), for the Institut Agronomique de France and for the Enghien grammar school.
After being a professor at the Académie Julian for fifteen years, he was elected member of the Institut de France in 1960. But more than the attraction of Paris, the profound ties to his native land was what really counted in Planson's life. He always returned to the small town of Ferté and its surroundings where he painted deftly and untiringly the corn fields and the windings of the Marne River with the fishermen, the boatsmen, the restaurants full of with shapely pretty girls whose sinuous figures, half youthful and half animal, are in accord with the curves of the foliage and the reflections of the light.
André Planson died on 30 September 1981 in the American Hospital in Neuilly.