Dufresne, Charles (1876-1938) by Scholes, Robert

Charles Dufresne (1876 – 1938) He was born at Millemont (Seine-et-Oise) of a seafaring family. Apprenticed in his youth to a commercial engraver, he then studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Ponscarme, an engraver and medallist, and worked as assistant to the medallist Alexandre Charpentier. He became increasingly interested in painting and first attracted attention with pastels of cafe-concerts and circuses. He was friendly with , Boussingault and Despiau. In 1910 won the Prix de l’Afrique du Nord and spent two years in Algeria, which stirred his interest in exoticism and lyricism, turning from pastel to oils in 1911. Segonzac After war service 1914-18, he painted mythological, legendary and religious subjects in the tradition of , , and . From the early 1920s he worked frequently in Provence. He also designed tapestries and sets for the ballet. Delacroix Rubens Tiepolo

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