- Abstract composition
Georges VALMIER 1885 - 1937
From his father--a military band conductor--he inherited his passion for music, which would lead him to sing as a baritone in choirs and churches. In 1890, his family moved to Paris, where young Valmier attended painting lessons at l'Acadèmie Humbert, until he was accepted in the renowned Luc-Olivier Merson studio. His painting was inspired by artists like Cézanne, Braque and André Lhote. He exhibited for the first time at the Salon of the Independents in 1913.
In 1914 he was called up to the army where he served as a geographic maps designer. When the war ended, he returned to Paris and met Léonce Rosenberg, with whom he signed a contract that would last until his death. Excited by his original miniaturist works, Rosenberg calls Valmier "the Fouquet of modern painting".
The works exhibited at the Salon of the Independents in 1922 reflected his return to Cubism. He took part in several exhibitions in New York and Vienna, exhibiting at l'Effort Moderne and the Briant-Robert Gallery.
In 1930, he exhibited at the Salon of the Superindependents and published his album "Decorations and Colours". He took part at the International Exhibition of New Art in Warsaw, permanently retaking abstract style. He then exhibited at the Braun Gallery of Paris and at the Lodz Museum in Poland, which acquired one of his works.
In 1935, he took part in the exhibition "The creators of Cubism" at the Galleria des Beaux-Arts. The following year, he started working on the three panels that would decorate the cinema room of the Palais des Chemins de Fer in the World Fair of 1937. He died in the street on March 25th, 1937, without being able to contemplate the installation of his last finished work.