Alfred COURMEStudent of Roger de La Fresnaye, Courmes settled in Paris in 1925, where he had exhibits at the Salon des indépendants, and at the Salon d’automne. He created cubist paintings, Nature morte cubiste au pinceau, 1921, painted portraits (Peggy Guggenheim, 1926), and dealt with popular themes inspired from Bruegel and Bosch. During a visit to Ostende (1927-1930), he discovered surrealism and Flemish expressionism, and painted L’Homme blessé (1929) in honour of R. de La Fresnaye. Returned to Paris (1930), he received the Paul-Guillaume prize in 1936 for Saint-Sébastien (1934), that mixed Christian iconography with contemporary publ icity. After le Toucher, created for the Exposition universelle of 1937, he practised a painting of the “illusionist” style, composed, among other effects, of mirrored plans. In 1937, the Minister of National Education, Albert Sarraut, offered him to decorate the Dining Room at the Embassy of France in Canada.

In the 1960s, Courmes accentuated the ironic character of his paintings (La Pneumatique Salutation d’Angélique, 1968). He participated, in 1981, at the Réalismes exhibit at the George-Pompidou Centre.

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