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Maurice Boitel (July 31, 1919 – August 11, 2007 in Audresselles, Pas-de-Calais), was a French painter.


Artistic life

Maurice Boitel belonged to the art movement called "La Jeune Peinture" "Young Picture" of the School of Paris, with painters like Bernard Buffet, Yves Brayer, Louis Vuillermoz, Pierre-Henry, Daniel du Janerand, Gaston Sébire, Paul Collomb, Jean Monneret, Jean Joyet and Gaëtan de Rosnay.


A precocious vocation

Maurice Boitel was born in Tillières-sur-Avre, Eure département, in Normandy, from a Picard lawyer father, a member of the Saint Francis third order, and from a Parisian mother, of Burgundian ancestry. Until the age of twelve Maurice Boitel lived in Burgundy at Gevrey-Chambertin. In this beautiful province his art reflected his major love of nature, and also the feeling of joie de vivre expressed in his works. He began drawing at the age of five.

Fine Arts studies

Maurice Boitel studied at the Fine Arts schools of Boulogne-sur-Mer and of Amiens, cities where his parents lived for a few years. Then his family came back to Burgundy, to Nuits-Saint-Georges. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Dijon before fighting in a mountain light infantry platoon at the beginning of World War II.

He successfully sat the competitive examination to enter the National Academy of Fine Arts École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris). In 1942 and 1943, during the most difficult period of the German occupation, in his studio located in the center of Paris he hid Jewish refugees, among them the journalist Henry Jelinek.

A great number of his paintings from between 1942 and 1946 were bought by a British collector and are still in London.

Exhibitions, awards and "Salons"

  • In 1949 he presented an individual exhibition of his paintings of Algeria in the Gallery of the Elysée, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Paris) , at that time the center of the European art trade.
  • In 1951, new individual exhibition in this same gallery; he also took part in a group exhibition in the Suillerot Gallery and topic exhibition, chaired by the producer Jacques Hébertot, within the framework of the Association of the Amateurs of painting.
  • In 1958, he received the Robert Louis Antral award from the Town of Paris, and he had simultaneously an individual exhibition in the Modern Art Museum of the Town of Paris (Palais de Chaillot) and in the Gallery Rene Drouet, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Paris), where he presented biennial individual exhibitions during twenty years.
  • In 1959, he won the Winsor & Newton (Paris-London) award;
  • During the fifties, he was commissioned to decorate two educational state establishments: in Montreuil-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis county ) and in Montgeron (Essonne county).
  • In 1963, the Puvis de Chavannes award, decreed by the National Society of Fine Arts, enabled him to exhibit all of his works at the Museum of Modern art of Paris.
  • In 1966, he received the Francis Smith award which offers a stay in Portugal (Peniche, Óbidos).
  • In 1968, he received the French Artists Gold Medal and the Academy of Fine Arts decrees the Bastien Lepage Prize to him.
  • In 1980, the Institute of France gave him the Dumas-Milliers award.
  • Different other awards come to crown his career of painter, among which the Grand-Prix (Great award) of the General Council of Seine-et-Marne (1974), the Prize Roger Deverin watercolour decided by the Taylor Foundation (1984).
  • Individual exhibitions, in the museums of the following towns: Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1976, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in 1977, Montbard in 1982, Montreuil-sur-Mer in 1993, enabled him to present in several rooms, of the retrospectives with large tables where appear of the compositions as well as landscapes of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Holland, etc.
  • In 1990, the Salon d'Automne of Paris voted him a homage in three halls of the Grand Palais of Paris.
  • In 1999, President Jean Monneret and the Committee of the Salon des Indépendants of Paris invited him to present a retrospective of his works.
  • In 2003, the members of the National Society of Fine Arts (Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts) voted the Gold Medal to him.
  • In 2007, the committee of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts created the title of Member of Honour which was given to Maurice Boitel, as one of the most famous painters of the Salon, still alive.

He was the guest of honor in several exhibitions of painting like: Rosny-sous-Bois (1980), Blois (1983), Wimereux (1984), Villeneuve-le-Roi (1984), Yvetot (1986), Alfortville (1987), Bourges (1987), Saumur (1987), Metz (1991), Limoges (1992), Tours (1992).

Locations of the paintings

Art connoisseurs from Great Britain, United States , Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Mexico, etc, acquired many paintings, as well as the French State and the Town of Paris.

Some of his works may be seen in museums of the following towns: Dijon, St-Maur des fossés, Sceaux,Valence, Algiers, Constantine, Béjaïa in particular and also in the town council hall of Paris and in French embassies around the world.

Ceramics and frescoes (1953 and 1955):

Maurice Boitel painted single-handedly all the frescoes on the classroom walls. In order to make the ceramics himself, he had a kiln built in his own studio. These ceramic panels can be still gazed at in these schools of Paris close suburbs.

Among his closest friends

were the painter artists Daniel du Janerand, Gabriel Deschamps, Louis Vuillermoz, Pierre-Henry, André Vignoles, Pierre Gaillardot, Rodolphe Caillaux,Jean-Pierre Alaux, Bernard Buffet, André Hambourg, Emilio Grau Sala , Jean Carzou, Paul Collomb and the two brothers Ramon and Antonio Pitxot.

Family links: Henri Corblin (Corblin Burton), Albert Besson (Académie de Médecine), Olivier Lazzarotti (université d'Amiens).


The painter's evolution continues imperceptibly during all his life: up to 1946, year of his marriage, an expressive painting, very land, then of 1946 to 1952, a very coloured painting especially in Algeria. From 1952 to 1965, it carries out very personal paintings: in its landscapes, very constructed, the objects are defined by black contours with some flat tints in the knife. During this period, he initially will paint close to his home in Paris and Saint-Mandé and also the Cap Gris Nez sober and dark paintings of storms, of boats on the beach, ruins of the war. He also paints characters: clowns, poultry stockbreeders, sailors and portraits. Then, from 1958 to 1965, he paints in Cadaqués (Spain) every summer. It is always the same style, firmly framed, but where pass the light and the colors sharp of the Mediterranean (landscapes, navy, portraits, crowd on the beach).

From 1965 , his work remains structured but he makes contours disappear: he also more uses the watercolour in particular in Nice, in Italy and in Sancerrois. Each year, he goes close to the Cape Gris-Nez, in Audresselles, or in Ambazac, in the Limousin . The Paris area, where he usually resides, also provided him many subjects (Montmartre, the Wood of Vincennes, islands of the Seine, the Marne, Guermantes and Conches-sur-Gondoire ). During the eighties, he tends to evoke an idealized reality.

next exhibitions

Two exhibitions of some Maurice Boitel's paintings in 2009:

  • From the 3d to the 9th November 2009: exhibition in à "Art en capital" in the grand Palais de Paris: two Maurice Boitel'work: a watercolor in the Salon du dessin et de la peinture à l'eau, & an oil on canvas representing a factory in Crossas (Ambazac, Limousin) in the hall dedicated to the members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Vernissage Tuesday November 3 from 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm (Avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris tel:01 44 13 17 17)
  • From thusday the 10th to Sunday the 13th of December 2009: Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in the Carrousel du Louvre (musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er), exhibition of an oil on canvas of Maurice Boitel painted in Conches-sur-Gondoire (Seine-et-Marne): vernissage December 10 from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm .


collection terre des peintres - 3 avenue Percier 75008 Paris - ed. Compagnie Internationale de Banque.

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