Francois Gall (1912-1987)

French

Born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania to Hungarian parents, Francois Gall was supported by the government in his early art education, studying first in Rome and then after coming home to teach, he headed for the l’Ecole Nationale de Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1936. Once exposed to the light and color of the Impressionists, he was forever changed as an artist.

He established his own unique visionary style of Impressionism, in the aggressive use of color to vibrantly create realistic scenes that traveled beyond natural hues to sometimes more vibrant and exciting visual levels. It proved to be exactly what the public wanted, and critical and commercial success followed in Paris, and with North American audiences.

He won his first award in the Paris Salon in 1947. The accolaides and honors continue for more than 30 years, as he was given the highest French recognition bestowed upon an artist - the Chevalier dans ‘Odre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of France in Arts).Besides Paris, in his lifetime, Gall exhibited in New York, London, Rome, Montreal, Toronto, Berne, Bavaix, Mexico, Stockholm and Bruxelles. He gained his French citizenship in 1945.

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