Le port de Toulon

Technique: oil on canvas
Size: 81 x 61.50 cm
Date: not available
Signature: bottom, left
ID: 2950
Price: on request



Lucien Genin (1894–1953)

French painter, he was born in Rouen in November 1894. Descendant of a family of stonemasons who collaborated on the cathedral of Rouen, he studied at the school of Fine Arts in his hometown, but soon he took the path of many young artists like him, moving to Montmartre. He arrived in Paris in 1919 and attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. He first settled at Hotel du Poirier and then at Bateau-Lavoir, two landmarks of the fervent atmosphere of Montmartre in the 20s. Here he knew many artists in Place du Tertre, Max Jacob, Pierre Dupont and Gen Paul. However, the most important meeting was with Élisée Maclet, who taught him how to paint and sell his own works.

Genin painted Paris, in particular its inhabitants, bringing on canvas the feverish activity of the characters that animate the city.  In 1936, he left Montmartre and moved to Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

In 1941, the City of Paris bought one of his works and in 1944, René Fauchois exposed his works at the Gallery Bernard. He died in 1953 after a failed amputation of a gangrenous leg.