Oscar Jacques Gauthier is a contemporary French painter who was born in Fours in 1921. Gauthier studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1941 and 1947. At the same time, he worked at the studio of Friesz. He also studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He traveled to the United States and upon his return to France in 1948 after World War II he met the artists Sonia Delauny, Albert Gleizes, Francois Picabia, and Hans Hartung along with such younger artists as Jean-Michel Atlan and Guillaume Corneille. Due to the German occupation of Paris, Gauthier was denied many years of creative opportunities. Nevertheless he still became one of the first painters of his generation to “discover” abstraction.
Sans Titre, 1956, oil on canvas, 32 x 25 1/2 inches
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