Olivier Debre

Olivier Debre

French artist.
Date of Birth: 14.04.1920
Country: France

Olivier Debré - French artist

Olivier Debré was a French artist who studied history and architecture. In 1939, he became a student of Le Corbusier. He started painting in 1943, influenced by Picasso. After 1945, he became close with representatives of abstract art such as Serge Poliakoff, Nicolas de Staël, and Pierre Soulages. He deeply absorbed the experience of American abstract expressionism, particularly that of Mark Rothko. Debré worked on stained glass and stage design for the Comédie-Française (1987), the Hong Kong Opera (1989), and the Shanghai Opera (1998). He represented France at the World Exhibition in Montreal in 1967.

In the years 1980-1985, Debré taught at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. He illustrated books by Francis Ponge, Julien Gracq, Bernard Noël, and others. In 1995, a major retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the "Salle de jeu de paume" in Paris. In 1997, he collaborated with Caroline Carlson on the ballet "Signs" (renewed in 2000 and 2003 at the Paris Opera Bastille). Debré became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France in 1999.