Born in Nantua in 1935, GRATALOUP lives and works between Paris and Chevreuse
1963-1965 – Studies at the Beaux-Arts School in Paris
1966 – Laureate of the Institut de France for the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid
1967 – GRATALOUP was awarded the Prize of Rome
1960-1992 – Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan (Student professor, Lecturer, Director of Studies in the Art and Design section, Director of Research in the Art and Industrial Creation department, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research in Art and Industrial Creation (CREACI)
1992 – Commandeur de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
2019 – Chevalier des Arts & Lettres
January 16, 2022 – Departure for the stars
THE STUDIO HOME
In 1988, GRATALOUP installed his studio-home in Chevreuse, on plans drawn by his architect friend, Denis Sloan, member of the Academy of Architecture. The construction, strictly oriented to the cardinal points, is designed with a Cistercian rigor. Its layout is perfectly symmetrical in relation to a hall located in the east-west axis, from which the various volumes are organized. The large full height workshop reigns on the north side. Apartments are arranged on the south side.
For the artist this house is a kind of metaphorical transposition of certain themes used in his work. Through the many glazed openings, we can find the rays of light so present in his work : the «V», for example, symbols of a rediscovered light.
In 2020, the house was classified in the General Inventory of the Cultural Heritage of Ile de France (link).
Photos © Laurent Kruszyk
A LIFETIME WITH PAINTING
In 2017 Milena, the painter’s wife, writed and published the book “Grataloup Couleur Lumière”, 300 pages about the painter’s life and artwork.
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