Asselin, Maurice (1882-1947) by Scholes, Robert

Maurice Asselin (1882 – 1947)

He was born in Orléans and studied at the Collège Sainte-Croix there, and, beginning in 1903, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he was a pupil of Fernand Cormon. As an oil painter, watercolourist, and lithographer he produced landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes. He discovered Brittany at an early age and visited regularly thereafter, staying at Brigneau, Pont-Aven, Riec, and Concarneau. He was friendly with writers and often illustrated their books. Among his works in this medium were editions of Francis Carco’s Rien qu’une femme and Mort de quelqu’un by Jules Romains. His friends reciprocated, too. Carco produced a monograph of 64 pages on Asselin in 1924.

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