George Maurice Cloud

George Maurice Cloud

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George Maurice Cloud
1909-1973

George Maurice Cloud, born in La Baule-Escoublac is a French born artist painter, architect, interior designer, draftsman and illustrator. He is also known for his drawings, gouaches, collages and acrylics paintings. In his early teens, he attends Les Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint- Nazaire, Art School. In 1928 Maurice Cloud moves to Paris, and enrolls at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts. At the same time, he takes a part-time job as a draftsman at the Atelier d’Architect of Pierre and Charles Edouard Jeanneret, which will be the most prestigious hub of creation in the early stage of modern architectural movement headed by no other than Le Corbusier. As a draftsman he gets the chance to work on the very famous “Savoye” house, the most remarkable of this period, which had considerable influence in the history of architecture in the world. the house still stand at Roissy, 30 miles West of Paris.

He join the Puteaux Group of Jacques Villon and Friends. One of its members, Andre Lhote, a well known French Cubist artist, teacher, writer and most of all a very influential in the art critics in the Parisian’s Circles. There he will cross path with Frantisek Kupka, and Fernand Leger, which will leave a deep impression on the young man. By 1936-1937, he was awarded First Prize by the Société Centrale des Architectes, for his talented design work. He becomes well known and is commissioned to paint frescoes for Private Homes as well as Commercial Buildings, including the “ Casino” and the famous Hotel de l’Hermitage, in La Baule. He decorates dinning rooms on Ocean Liners such as: SS Normandie and the SS France. He went on creating billboards for movie theaters in Paris, Nantes, St Nazaire and La Baule.

He becomes a member of the Societe des Artistes Independants, then in the Surindependants movement, this will entail his participation in the movement’s exhibitions and group shows, where he exhibits paintings and drawings in every Salon in Paris, as such, he receives much attention from the press. In 1949, Breteau Gallery, gave him a solo show that was well received in the Parisian Art World, and again 1950, 1953, with “ Le group du Vert-Bois. 1955 Gallery Craven, he will be one of the “Six peintres actual” exhibit, and that same years 1955, Harmonies Gallery, in St Nazaire exhibit his “ Papers Descoupes “ influenced by Matisse.

1962, The French Government commission him to create a 200 foot long by 12 foot high mosaic mural for a marketplace in Paris suburb, Viry-Chatillon. The mural is still partially in existence. He pursues his artistic interests from the early age throughout his life and until his accidental death in 1973

Many of his works hang on the most prestigious walls beside Picasso, Leger of Private Collectors, High-End Real Estates, Rock Stars, Interior Designers. From France, Moscow, Japan, Spain, England and the United States

1966, Burton Jay Gallery, Los Angeles featured his works in the United States with a twenty-years retrospective. 1996-2007, Papillon Gallery, Los Angeles. 2008 Anderson Gallery, Beverly Hills-2008-2011, Jeffrey Winter, Beverly Hills. Today, Maurice Cloud’s work is represented by Richard Norton Gallery in Chicago.



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