André MARCHAND (1907-1997)

Between 1930 and 1950, André Marchand was one of the major representatives of ‘young French painters’.

At his debuts he painted canvasses where humanism and surrealism were side by side, while searching for his style and expressing his sensitivity. Then from 1940 his palette became full of bright colours.

He painted different registers – the Arlésiennes, the bulls of the Rhone delta, pink flamingos, nudes and still-lifes know as ‘Silent Lives’, a term which perfectly translates this desire to overcome appearances and to underline the interiority of these beings and things.

This led him to say that he could feel the wind passing through the leaves of the trees he was painting. “It is painting that can be inscribed in an innovative trend… where the research and evolution mark an advancement in the history of painting”.

He attracted all the major art merchants such as Galerie Carré, Maeght, Pierre Matisse, Maurice Garnier. His success is as critical as it is public.

Fifteen years after his death, André Marchand deserves to be rediscovered for his singular talent that gives the floor to silence and sends us the echo of his eyes which penetrate the soul. “He appears in all his monumentality and originality in the history of 20th Century painting”. A representative of the Paris School, many of his works are exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.


"vie silencieuse" 1990
ca 46 x 55 cm

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"Arlesienne a la fenetre"
oil on canvas 130 x 89 cm

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