1922 - 2004
René Genis studied at the art college in Bordeaux and then moved on to train under Brianchon and Desnoyer at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He spent time with Lurçat at St-Céré and taught drawing in a school in Pontoise. He occasionally included figures in his compositions but mostly painted landscapes and still-lifes. By simplifying the planes of his compositions, he emphasised the connections between objects. He used deep, intense and luminous tones, especially blues and very liquid shades of green. His work was shown from 1959 in collective exhibitions at various Paris venues, including the Salon d’Automne, of which he was a member, the Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, the Salon Comparaisons, the Salon Peintres Témoins de leurs Temps and the Salon de Mai. He has held solo exhibitions at the Galerie Charpentier, Paris (1956, 1958 and 1965); the David Findlay Gallery, New York (regularly from 1960); the Galerie de Paris (1974); the Galerie Vallotton, Lausanne (1978, 1981, 1986, 1993); a retrospective at the Château de Chenonceau (1989); and at the Galerie 26, Paris (1995, 1999, 2002).