André Maire (1913-1998)
Nevertheless, it is hard to be less mundane than this swell pal who discovered that the Earth is broader and more beautiful than he foresaw in his wildest dreams when he joined the French colonial infantry for his national service in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) at twenty years old. “He understood spontaneously that, far from his Western influences, far from Titian and Matisse, there are cultures that are even more fabulous as they remain largely unknown in Europe”, Christophe Penot explains in the documentary he made about the artist. With his remarkable stroke, André Maire soon developed what now gives the core value of his work; that is, a vision and a mind-set, those of an anthropologist and a poet.
The Guimet Museum of Paris and the City of Dinan (Île-et-Vilaine) paid tribute to André Maire, tireless observer of the landscapes of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, through several exhibitions. For art collectors, the Cristel Editeur d’Art Centre has gathered several drawings and wash drawings witnessing the many journeys of the painter. Among these treasures, one of the rare works Maire painted during his brief stay in Bruges, in 1929.