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THREE GOUACHES (A. THE LIVING ROOM OF THE HOTEL DE CRILLON, DECORATED BY JEAN-MICHEL FRANK; B. 'THE TUNISIAN CORNER', MARC CHADOURNE'S BOUDOIR; C. TABLE AND FOLDING-SCREEN BY JEAN-MICHEL FRANK AND LAMP BY ALBERTO GIACOMETTI); A. AND C. SIGNED LOWER RIGHT, B. ANNOTATED LOWER CENTER ; EACH: GOUACHE ON PAPER BY JEAN HUGO
From the begining of his career, Jean Hugo, great grandson of Victor Hugo, executed very small-scale gouaches, depicting for the most part landscapes characterised by clear and elegant compositions and strong colours. He succeeded in transposing monumental subjects to his pocket-size works. Hugo subjected nature to his powerful imagination, filled with visions and dreams.
As early as 1918, Jean Cocteau praised the lyricism and charm of the painter's drawings. In 1929, Hugo retires in Mas de Fourques, near Lunel in the south-east of France, where he leads a quite secluded life despite the numerous visits of his friends, like that of Henriette and André Gomez, unfailing supporters of his art