André EVEN (1918 – 1997)

 

Born and raised in Pont Aven, André EVEN (1918-1997), familiarizes himself with the medium of painting through encountering the artists in his village. A few years after his commitment to the aeronaval in Rochefort, Even is deployed for the beginning of WWII. Following the demobilization, he joins several religious communities until Monseigneur Lefèbre from Mortain, who is genuinely amazed by his work, convinces him to pursue his artistic vocation. Thus, André Even begins his studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris and works along side Maurice Denis in his workshop. While in Paris, he accepts a number of commissions from cathedrals and churches destroyed due to the international conflict. By 1950, the painter returns to Brittany for a few years. There, he works on religious commissions, before going back to Paris and focusing on more profane subjects such as the urban landscape of Paris and the rural landscape of his childhood in Pont Aven. Twenty years later, he finally settles down in a little Briton village and continues to accept commissions.

Influenced by Cézanne, Van Gogh and Daubigny, André Even’s body of work is filled with synthetic landscapes. Briton houses, cultivated and uncultivated fields are components of his canvases that are strictly guided by the golden number, which brings harmony to the entire work. His style can be situated between primitive and contemporary Italian painting. The artist worked repetitively on similar subjects, while altering the hues to create a renewed pictorial experience. Another characteristic of his work is the home-made paint, which is composed of wax and pigments.