Armand Marie Guerin, French (1913 - 1983)

Armand Guerin

The painter known as Armand-Marie Guérin (1913-1983) was born in Paris and grew up as part of a family of successful artists. Both his father, Vincent Manago (1880-1936) and his older brother, Dominique Manago, were respected artists...but they painted in radically different styles...styles that were so far removed from that of Armand-Marie that he used Guérin as his last name when signing his work.

He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he was a student of Jean-Pierre Laurens among others. He is listed in Bénézit as well as other art compendiums and is a noted figure with regards to the French naïve school style of painting. (A group that includes Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Gauguin...).

Simple, spontaneous, unaffected...its childlike simplicity belies the classical training that went into its creation...the strong, flat planes of color give Luxembourg Garden an abstract appearance that provides an interesting contrast with its role as the garden of the French Senate.

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