Pierre Girieud peintre

Life and work of a modern painter

Pierre Girieud - Work

Pierre Girieud's Work

Pioneer of Modern Art

As soon as he arrived in Paris, Girieud mixed with avant-garde painters in Montmartre. With Durrio he discovered Gauguin and nabi précepts whose he adhered. He becomes auditor of the College dEsthétique Moderne (1) created by Bouhélier and Le Blond and exposes with them in Spring 1901, , he was one of the first artists who presented their paintings in Berthe Weill gallery just opened the day before.
From 1902 onwards he had regular exhibitions at Salon des Indépendants and later, from 1904 at Salon d'Automne.
Following his artistic research on color, he hangs five works in the room No. VII alongside artists at the Salon d'Automne of 1905 will be qualified Fauves An article by Vaucxelles in Gil Blas on October 17, 1905 quotes him among the seven painters of the room :

Salle N°VII MM. Henri Matisse, Marquet, Manguin, Camoin, Girieud, Derain, Ramon Pichot. Salle archi-claire, des oseurs, des outranciers, de qui il faut déchiffrer les intentions, en laissant aux malins et aux sots le droit de rire, critique trop aisée. [.....] Au centre de la salle, un torse d'enfant et un petit buste en marbre, d'Albert Marque, qui modèle avec une science délicate. La candeur de ces bustes surprend au milieu de l'orgie des tons purs : Donatello chez les fauves.

In 1907 Kahnweiler who opened his gallery some months before, organised an exhibition especially for him in which more than forty paintings were shown. In 1909 he took part in all the great national or international exhibitions. In 1912, installed temporaly in Marseille, Girieud organizes there with his friend Alfred Lombard, the most ssignificant exposure of modern painting ever presented hitherto in this city under the name of Salon de Mai (Salon of May). Cézanne, Rodin, Renoir, Bonnard, Friez, Marquet, Rouault, Signac.....are on their ogee mouldings. The experiment will be renewed in 1913.

His friendship with Kandinsky closed him together the German Expressionists. He was the only French artist who was present at the first exhibition of the NKV group that he will help to open up to other French artists and he will follow faithfully during his three traveling exhibitions between 1909 and 1911. Girieud also contributed to the Blaue Reiter Almanac and exhibited alongside this group at the Der Sturm Gallery in a presentation devoted to French expressionists.
In 1912, installed temporaly in Marseille, Girieud organizes there with his friends Alfred Lombard, Joachim Gasquet, Xavier de Magallon, the most significant exposure of modern painting ever presented. hitherto in this city under the name of Salon de Mai (Salon of May). Applying locally the idea developed with the expressionists for whom art has no borders, the Salon provides conferences and music (2). Cézanne, Rodin, Renoir, Bonnard, Friez, Marquet, Rouault, Signac .....are on their ogee mouldings. The experiment will be renewed in 1913. From 1908 Girieud is present at all national and major International events, wanted collect all of the modern art of this time: Exhibition of the Golden Fleece, Sonderbund, Manet and the Post Impressionists, Neue Secession, Hans Goltz gallery, Der Sturm, Armory Show ...

But, as a Symbolist, Fauvist and Expressionist painter, and before becoming a neo-classic painter, Girieud never let any movement dominate his painting exclusively (3).

An Own Conception

From 1923 onwards, Girieud devoted his attention to the fullness of forms, to attain a synthesis of between the classical conception and his own perception of the world. He abandons all experiences, all trial and error, all influences, in order to finally reveal himself fully (4). An article by Marcel Roche (5) devoted to him shows that Girieud considers that abstraction leads to reduce the artist to a worker who ignores emotions and that to avoid this, he took a personal path in which he marries symbolism, general culture and sensitivity. He then becomes an artist whose personal and marginal approach has took a long time to be admitted.
During this period and until his death, he exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Tuileries from its creation in 1923 (6). Druet and Berthe Weill devote special exhibitions to him and he takes part in numerous group exhibitions in France and abroad as well as at auctions.

His dream came true when he was commissioned for monumental paintings among which the most significant was a work intended for the decoration of the Concil room of Poitiers University. He thus became the first living artist whose paintings were exhibited in Musée de l'Orangerie.

However, he will remain fairly lonely in his journey.

Vauxcelles in Excelsior May 29 th, 1919 reported :

Whereas Flandrin, Marquet, Dufrénoy, Puy, Laprade, Manguin, Friez had become well-known and Matisse a celebrity, Pierre Girieud their friend and their equal, remained isolated. Girieud was unfairly treated. We were all enticed by Bonnard's delights, and Fauvist fireworks amazed us. Next to them, but silently, someone learned and thoughful, lover of Sienna and Gauguin's paintings, was aiming at rhythm instead of effects, preferred well structured composition instead of bravura. it was Girieud.(7)

In spite of everything, he will have the satisfaction of seeing during his lifetime two of his works integrate the Luxembourg museum (8) (9), others will be bought by public persons (10) and he will donate them for the creation of provincial museums. (11). It will be the subject of a monograph in 1933 (12). Upon his death, many articles retrace his journey. Everyone insists on his love of Provence and his passion for decoration. (13) (14) (15)

(1) Souvenir about naturism
(2) Excelsior Salon de Mai
(3)Sentenac - Pierre Girieud
(4)Arnold - Pierre Girieud
(5) Marcel Roche - Rythme et Synthèse
(6) Aux Ecoutes 1950 october 6
(7) Vauxcelles Louis - Notes d'Art
(8) Remodeling of the Luxembourg Museum
(9) The Luxembourg museum, considerably overhauled, opens its doors today
(10)Comoedia - 1934 january 7
(11) Collioure museum
(12)L'Amour de l'Art juillet 1933
(13) Apollo 1949 january
(14)Le Méridional 1949 january 1
(15) La France 1949 january 3