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Maurice Robert (1909 - 1992)

Born at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Swiss Jura, where Maurice Robert graduates in Arts, whilst attending painting tuition given by Charles Humbert.

Traditional and intimate paintings, inspired by some great masters (Chardin, Corot, Cézanne, Matisse).


Awarded a Federal Scholarship, which enables him to attend courses at Académie Ranson in Paris, in particular those provided by Amédée La Patellière and Roger Bissière.


Relocates at La Neuveville, on the shores of lake Bienne, opposite St-Pierre Island, dear to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Landscape and family paintings. Whilst remaining influenced by the impressionnist tradition, Maurice Robert tends towards geometrical constructions deriving from the study of the golden number.


Back at La Chaux-de-Fonds. The geometrical approach soon brings the painter into a deadlock, which on the other hand enables him to gradually get rid of figuratism, which proved more and more short-lived and to adopt a more abstract approach.

The first real intrusion into abstraction is realised through patchworks. Some major wall decorations are also realised, initially with enameled ceramic, and with raw stones cut and assembled into mosaic.


Maurice Robert finally gives up oil painting, and concentrates on the use of mixed media (pasting of various materials : burnt aluminium foils, earth, ashes, vegetal wastes, bark, stones, metal pieces, etc...) through which he finds his priviledged language.


Died at La Chaux-de-Fonds.

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