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Edmond Astruc (November 4, 1878 – January 11, 1977) was a French painter. As a native of Marseille in Southern France, his paintings typically depicted scenes in and around Marseille.
Edmond Astruc was a French artist who studied at the School of Fine Arts in Marseille. During his schooling, he worked with his father in the family tannery-leather goods workshop. His first watercolors date from 1888, when he was only ten years old.
Astruc had a passion for activities like sailing, skiing, and motorcycling. Astruc won many medals that displayed his interest and skill in these sporting activities[no citations needed here]. In 1906, he built his first plane, known as the "sky house", which broke apart during takeoff due to lack of space[no citations needed here].
In 1913, he had a severe accident on a "Hanriot" at the aerodrome of Reims. In June 1914, he traversed the Rhône by hydrofoil, on behalf of Henri Fabre, to Aix-les-Bains, a town known for its Roman-era thermal springs. The event was reported in many newspapers at that time.
During the First World War, he was a test pilot in Toulon and then in Saint-Raphaël (Var). After the war, he returned to painting.
- ″This time of my life″, he says, ″spent in aviation, the continuous contact with vast spaces of the sky and the sea, had rejuvenated and purified my vision, I returned to clarity, to light and the atmosphere of my first years of painting.″
He participated in numerous exhibitions in Marseille, Paris, Algiers, Lyon, Grenoble, Geneva, Aix-en-Provence, and attended each year from 1930 to 1939, then after in 1946, in the Salon des Artistes de Provence where he had numerous prizes. In 1936, he was elected to the Academy of Marseille, in the Arts class.
In 1956, he presented at the Galerie Moulot, "50 years of painting by the Marseilles painter Edmond ASTRUC," where one can follow all the evolution of his art, from his first watercolors to the last to date: "the porch of the town hall of Marseille."
During the Second World War, he volunteered his services (at 61 years old) in aviation as a technical agent for the SNCASE (Société Nationale de Construction Aéronautique du Sud-Est) in Marignane. Then he was assigned to Evreux, where he worked in aircraft construction, until the German invasion of northern France. He continued to ply his trade in Angoulême. When the free zone invaded, some of the equipment was hidden so as not to fall into the hands of the enemy, and he found his family in Marseille. The occupiers destroyed his house in the Saint-Lazare district in 1943 to install a defense battery for the Old Port. Until the end of the war, his family was taken in by various friends.
Later on, he bought an old country house at Roucas-Blanc in Marseille, where he set up his workshop and continued to exhibit.
In 1959, he built a Catamaran on the model of two floatplane floats (he was 81 years old at the time) and left Marseille following the Coast. He was welcomed at Bendor Island, at Paul Ricard's, then at Embiez and joined La Favière beach in Bormes-Les-Mimosas. Onboard, he had his paint box: he drew and painted as soon as he had arrived.
On January 9, 1977, he had been working in his workshop on a large canvas, "La Favière." However, he would never finish it as he died only two days later, on January 11, at 98 years old.
Notes and references
- ↑ Memoirs of War , " http://www.memoiresdeguerre.com/2014/08/astruc-edmond.html " [ archive ] , on War Memoirs (accessed on 1 st September 2019 )
- ↑ Go back higher in a and b Based on a text written by E. Astruc, entitled: "Curriculum Vitæ of the painter Astruc Edmond member of French artists, member of the Academy of Marseille, vice-president of artists from Provence, member of the jury of the School of Fine Arts in Marseille."
- ↑ Go back higher in:a and b According to an article by André R. Barutaud appeared in the newspaper "The Southerner" Sunday 1 st January 1956.
- ↑ Gazette de France, Illustrated from the south-east, Progress of Lyon, Journal of Valence.
- ↑ Go back higher in a and b According to an article by Jean Chelini published in the newspaper "Le Méridional-La France" on Sunday, December 4, 1979.
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The documents which enabled the writing of this article were provided by the artist's daughter, Mrs. Laurence Raulin-Astruc.