An oil on wood measuring 98X47 cm (without the frame) representing a bouquet of country flowers from the 1940s, signed lower right.
Charles Walch, born August 4, 1896 in Thann (Alsace) and died December 12, 1948 in Paris, is a French painter, engraver and sculptor.
After his studies, he became a designer on fabrics, favoring his attraction for artistic expression. In 1916, he met the doctor-major Paul Bonnet, a lover of painting who encouraged him to persevere. Thanks to him, Walch obtained a scholarship which enabled him to settle in Paris and register for the Decorative Arts. In 1923, he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants d'Alsace and became a drawing teacher. In 1929, he was professor in particular of Bernard Boesch and made him discover modern art.
Despite his isolation and his financial difficulties, he managed to assert his style, adding to the color many fantasies in his works. His work was not noticed until 1934 by the critic Georges Besson, who would then become his friend and support him.
In 1937, Charles Walch began to receive awards (gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris) and to make a living from his art when the Second World War shook his life. With the debacle of 1940, he left for Creuse, very affected by the defeat of France. Despite everything, his early notoriety attracted other painters to him, such as Georges Rouault, François Desnoyer, Jean Bazaine or Marcel Gromaire. Charles Walch participated in 1941 in the exhibition of "Twenty young painters of French tradition" organized by Bazaine, the first exhibition of avant-garde painting under the Occupation. From then on, he found his place at the 1942 Salon d'Automne and in 1944 he produced a flamboyant rooster which served as a poster for this salon. Charles Walch is named Knight of the Legion of Honor. He died suddenly of a subarachnoid hemorrhage on December 12, 1948, while painting in his Paris studio.
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