Maurice SAVIN   1894-1973

Personnage by Maurice SAVIN
Maurice Savin was born in Moras, France. He enrolled in the School of Decorative Arts in 1913. Drafted into the Alpine Hunters (the elite mountain infantry of the French army) he was twice wounded and eventually discharged before being awarded the Croix de guerre. His first exhibition of paintings and drawings was in 1921, and in 1924 he exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in Paris. In 1927 Savin married Simone Gaudioz his muse and a main theme in many of his paintings.

Between the wars he exhibited many times in Paris, including at the prestigious Berthe Weill Gallery. After a visit to the famous Sevres factory in 1933 he began working in ceramics, and also created a mural for the grand staircase of the Montelimar town hall.

During WW2 he worked prolifically producing tapestries from hand-spun wool, decorating furniture and designing medals some of which were ordered by the French mint. He won many awards during his lifetime, including Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1948.

Savin left a rich body of work comprising around 2500 paintings, 34 completed tapestries, more than 300 ceramics, 100 engravings and lithographs, 9 medals and even some leaded glass windows! His works can be found in museums worldwide.

There is often an air of serenity in his art, as can be felt in the works currently available in Gallery JKL. Maurice Savin died in Paris in 1973.

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