Gustave Singier

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Gustave Singier (born February 11, 1909 in Warneton , Belgium , † May 10, 1984 in Paris ) was a Belgian painter . He is one of the representatives of abstract painting at the “ École de Paris ”.


Gustave Singier grew up in a small Flemish village. In 1919 his family moved to Paris. Singier began painting at the age of 14.

From 1923 to 1926 he attended courses at the École Boulle in Paris. There he was trained in the painting of depictions of nature and copying works by well-known masters.

From 1927 to 1936 he worked as a draftsman for various companies and agencies in Paris.

From 1936 onwards he began to exhibit his works in the Paris salons and from then on was able to live from his painting. Soon galleries all over France began showing his works.

In 1939 he met the painters Alfred Manessier , Elvire Jan and Jean Le Moal . This acquaintance turned into a long-term friendship.

In 1941 Singier took part in the exhibition “Vingt jeunes peintres de tradition française” organized by Jean Bazaine . It was the first exhibition of avant-garde painting in Paris during the German occupation of France.

From 1951 to 1954 he taught at the Académie Ranson . After this time his works were shown at biennials and exhibitions all over Europe. B. 1957 in the Kestner Society in Hanover. Gustave Singier was also a participant in documenta 1 in 1955, and then, in 1959, in documenta II in Kassel .

In the 1960s he founded the "Salon de la jeune peinture indépendante" together with other artists and supporters of the art world in Paris , with the aim of offering young painters a forum for their art.


Singier's pictures are often characterized by monochrome surfaces that he uses in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

In his pictures, a maximum of three color tones are usually used, but these are clearly different and appear in color nuances from dark to light.

Singier left behind an important oeuvre of paintings, drawings and graphics. In addition to this work, he created tapestries, designed church windows and mosaics and had costumes and equipment made for the National Theater in Paris.

Sources and literature

(Selection in French)

  • Camille Bourniquel, Trois peintres: Le Moal, Manessier, Singier , Paris, Editions de la Galerie René Drouin, 1946 .
  • Georges Charbonnier, Singier , Paris, Le Musée de Poche, Georges Fall éditeur, 1957 .
  • Bertholle, Chastel, Singier [texte sur Singier de Jean Lescure], Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1982 ( ISBN 2903639019 ).
  • Jean Lescure, Gustave Singier, Canicule à Patmos , Paris, Editions Guitardes et Galerie Arnoux, 1988 .
  • Lydia Harambourg, Gustave Singier , dans L'École de Paris 1945-1965, Dictionnaire des peintres , Neuchâtel, Ides et Calendes, 1993 ( ISBN 2825800481 ).
  • Philippe Leburgue, Gustave Singier , Neuchâtel, Ides et calendes, 2002 ( ISBN 2825801992 ).


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