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Gerard-Paul Cochet
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Avranches, France
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Paris, France
Born Avranches; BAL-240, p.416; reference: Delteil, Manual de l'Amateur des Estampes, 1925 Benezit: Painter of figures, nudes, portraits, animals, landscapes, watercolorist, printmaker, illustrator, theatrical set painter. Postimpressionist. Studied painting first at Nantes from 1905-1909, then at the Academie Julian in Paris from 1909-1914. Enlisting in 1914, he was wounded and lost an eye in 1915. He exhibited in Paris, in 1921 at the San de la Societe National des Beaux-Arts, from 1922-1942 at the Salon d'Automne where he became secretary and then committee member, from 1927-1944 at the Salon des Artistes Independants. He exhibited regularly at the Salon de la Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, of which he was a founding member and vice president in 1928. From 1919 he also exhibited at commercial galleries, for the most part in Paris but also in New York (1929), London (1933), Oran and Alger (1956), Poitiers (1958), Brussels and Belfort (1963), and Mulhouse (1967). Cochet painted murals in both public and private buildings, notably at the Theatre de Belfort in 1932, the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris in 1937, at the Post Office in rue Tronchet in Paris in 1939. In the theater he created sets for, among others, "Les noces de Figaro" (Mozart, 1939), "Les dames de la Halle (Offenbach, 1943) and "Amphytrion 38" (1940) at the Opera Comique. In 1924 he won the Blumenthal prize for printmaking. In 1925 he was named marine painter. From 1932-1935 he was professor at the Academie Ranson. He was awarded the military honor of knight of the Legion of Honor. In 1993 the Musee de Prehistoire in the town of Menton organized an exhibition of his graphic work. Cochet worked in many print media: lithography, drypoint, etching, woodcut. He illustrated many titles in woodcut (in all about 70), including "L'homme qui assassina" (Ferrere, 1921), "Candide" (Voltaire, 1921), "Maria Chapdelaine" (Hemon, 1922), "Raboliot" (Genevois, 1925), "Fort comme la mort" (Maupassant, 1935). He also did a series of drypoints to illustrate the fables of La Fontaine, for which he worked for five years, from 1944-1949.