Roger Chapelain-Midy, French (1904 - 1992)

Roger Chapelain-Midy, French (1904 - 1992)

Roger Chapelain-Midy, born August 24, 1904 in Paris, died in that city on 30 March 1992 was a painter, lithographer, illustrator and stage designer in France.

Roger Chapelain-Midy studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied art in paintings academies of Montparnasse district. He later became head teacher Workshop 1955 to 1974.

He exhibited in 1927 at the Salon d'Automne and from 1929 in the Salon of Independent and the Salon des Tuileries.

Armand Drouant in 1930 organized his first exhibition in his gallery rue de Rennes in Paris4.

Fascinated by the Renaissance painting of Poussin and the seventeenth century, he defends a classical tradition, made of measurement, in an era that sees the great upheavals of modern painting. He creates still lifes and landscapes. He travels a lot, both in Europe and in North and South America.

He received the Carnegie Prize (in) in 1938.

He creates murals for mayor of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the home of the Chaillot National Theatre, the Agronomic Institute of Paris, as well as decorations for cruise ships, whose France.

Decorator and theater costume, from 1942, he worked for The gallant Indies Rameau in 1952, and Mozart's Magic Flute at the Paris Opera in 1954 [Link to correct]. The success of his work allows him to work at the opera in Cologne. He will receive as such the grand prize of the theater at the International Biennial of Sao Paulo 19624.

He also wrote illustrations for texts by Jean Giraudoux, Gide, Charles Baudelaire, Fontenelle (Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds), Jean de La Fontaine, Charles Vildrac, Georges Simenon (The Window Rouet, 1945), etc. He illustrated the cover of The Song of Maguelonne Michel Mourlet for the Round Table (1973).

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, then president of the French Republic, commissioned a portrait of General de Gaulle for at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

In a late lineage of symbolism and surrealism, a part of his work bears the stamp of his spiritual concerns, materialized by the obsessive recurrence of decorations and unusual objects such as checkerboard tiles, masks, mannequins and mirrors.

He published in 1984 a collection of memories and reflections on art, like sand through your fingers.

Roger Chapelain-Midy is buried in Nancray-sur-Rimarde (Loiret).

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