Paul Reynard, French / American (1927 - 2005)

Paul Léon Reynard was born in Lyon on Oct. 3, 1927, and received his early training there with the painter Claude Idoux. Mr. Reynard later worked with Idoux on the famous windows of the Church of St.-Rémy in Baccarat, France, and, on his own, on stained-glass windows in churches throughout France and Germany.

In 1947, Mr. Reynard moved to Paris, where he studied under Fernand Léger at the École de Beaux-Arts, before coming to the United States in 1968. During the 1970's, he painted a number of murals in the Northeast, including one at 100 Park Avenue in Manhattan and another at Harvard University.

Mr. Reynard, who had five solo exhibitions at the Brewster Gallery in Greenwich Village during the 1970's and 80's, taught drawing at the School of Visual Arts from 1981 to 2002.

He was also a co-president of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York, which is dedicated to the teachings of the Armenian-born mystic G. I. Gurdjieff, who died in 1949.


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