Pierre Girieud was born in Provence, where his parents came from, on 17th June 1876.
Once he was sure of his artistic vocation he settled down in Paris in 1900.
Montmartre 1900 - 1912
Pierre Girieud lived in Montmartre for ten years, near place du Tertre. There he became a friend
of Monge, Lempereur, Launay, Villon, Marquet, Manguin, Camoin, de Mathan,
Puy and Picasso with whom he shared an exhibition
He was also a friend of the writers such as Mac Orlan or Carco
who mentioned him in their works.
It is with this last literary man that as a canvasser in the Salon des Indépendants
he registered a painting painted by the tail of an ass (whose name was Aliboron)
under the tittle of " Et le soleil s'endormit sous l'Adriatique (And the sun fell asleep on the Adriatic)"
and with the name of Boronali as the author of the painting. This mystification of
Boronali remained famous among the artists of Montmartre.
The meeting point of Girieud and his friends was Le Cafe du Lapin Agile (1) whose room is
decorated with Picasso's Arlequin and Girieud's Parrot and its annex designed by Julien Callé on his property in Saint Cyr sur Morin
where regularly meet a whole band of happy lurons ready for all fantasies (2). But beyond the pranks and memorable celebrations, they explored
unknown ground and tried to find opportunities to show their works.
They tried to revolutionise their art, and each made different experiments.
Their search resulted in the creation of Salon d'Automne. Mister GIRIEUD
Pierre Girieud's life, based on friendship, talent and openness was upset by the first
world war in which some of his friends died.
Obsessed his horrible war experiences, Girieud turned his back on his former life.
It will not be the only one as shown by a Comoedia article on the Salon d'Automne (3)
Living in turns in Paris or in Provence he finally recovered stability in his private
as well as his professional life.
His work consists in studio paintings
, lanscapes painting outdoors
, frescoes and decorations
Pierre Girieud died on 26 th December 1948 at the age of seventy-two.
(1) From Montmartre to the Latin Quarter
(3)Blanche Jacque Emile