Oil on canvas painting depicting a view of the town of Prades (south of France) where the painter settled between 1922 and 1927. Signed lower right and titled and dated on the back: "Prades no 69 III 26 (March 1926).
Maurice Roger Grillon was born in Poitiers (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) on September 28, 1881 and died in Maule (Île-de-France) on June 19, 1938. He was a French painter, illustrator and wood engraver.
He was the son of Albert-Fulgence Grillon, painter and lithographer in Poitiers. After attending the École des beaux-arts de Poitiers, he entered the studio of Fernand Cormon at the École des beaux-arts de Paris in 1900, having obtained a scholarship from the city of Poitiers. He quickly abandoned academic teaching, preferring to attend workshops and academies where teaching was more independent, and where he met Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, Georges Linaret, Georges Gublin, etc.
From 1904, Roger Grillon exhibited at the Salon of French artists; but he quickly abandoned this show, preferring to show his work at the Indépendants and at the Salon d'Automne. In 1926, the Berthe Weill gallery devoted a solo exhibition to him. The painter left Paris to settle first in Céret, then in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, then in Prades (from 1922 to 1927) and finally Lagrasse in the Corbières until his death on June 19, 1938 in Maule.
Sources: Benezit, Dictionary of Artists; Marcus Osterwalder, Dictionnaire des illustrateurs: 1890-1945, Ed. Ides et Calendes, 1992.
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