Maurice Verdier (1919-2003)
In his time, he was a star in French painting, alongside Minaux, Buffet, Savary, Jansem, Rebeyrolle. Connoisseurs will know: Maurice Verdier must be seen as one of the best representative of the return to neorealism, major movement in Europe right after the war. Commenting his canvases in 1956 at the Lorenceau gallery, critic Jacques Cabanon wrote: “not delivering gratuitous lyricism, Verdier knows how to elate ‘from inside’ the beauty of the simplest things”. His works, always with an assured style, are now exhibited in a dozen museums.