FÉLIX LABISSE

Marchiennes 1905 - Neuilly-sur-Seine 1982

 

The French painter, illustrator and engraver Félix Labisse began his artistic career in Ostend, Belgium in 1922 under the protection of James Ensor. In 1932, he moved to Paris where he met a few years later the surrealists Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, André Masson, René Magritte, and also Jacques Prévert and Raymond Queneau.
After the war, he devoted himself to theatre sets for Jean-Paul Sartre in particular, with whom he worked in 1951 on the play "Le Diable et le Bon Dieu", directed by Louis Jouvet. His style, very recognizable, is characterized by a fantastic and even whimsical approach, playing with the limits of reality and where mythology and eroticism are mixed with his "blue women" from the 1960s onwards.

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