Jean René Bazaine (21 December 1904, Paris – 4
March 2001, Clamart) was a French painter, designer of stained glass
windows, and writer. He was the great great grandson of the English
Court portraitist Sir George Hayter.
He studied under the French sculptor Paul Maximilien Landowski (b
1875) at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At the same time he
studied for a degree in literature at the Sorbonne. In 1924 he made
two trips to Italy and there began to paint. He first exhibited in
1930 at a group show at the Galerie Jeanne Castel in Paris where the
other artists included Jean Fautrier, Jean Pougny and Marcel
Gromaire. Two years later he had his first one-man show at the
Galerie Van Leer in Paris where he met Bonnard, who advised and
encouraged him. Also in 1932 he began his work on the review Esprit
and he later contributed art criticism to Temps Présent and Poésie
Couple au bord de l'eau, le soir
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