Francoise Adnet

Francoise Adnet is an internationally renowned French painter born in Montmartre in 1924. A piano virtuoso, she gives her first international recital at the age of twelve in Berlin. Whilst her career as a musician takes her to numerous European scenes, her true passion resides in drawing and painting.

Heavily influenced by Francis Gruber, she is, alongside Bernard Buffet, Jean Jansem, and Michel De Gallard, strongly opposed to the abstract movement and a distinguished representative of the “Miserabilism” movement. She is inspired by scenes from daily life (still lifes, landscapes, animals, children, nudes) but, more importantly, mystery, a questioning of life itself, even some angst, and an omnipresent silence, emanate from her work.

She exhibits throughout the world and obtains multiple distinctions including the Grand prize of the Bruges Biennale, the silver medal of the City of Paris, the Gemmail Prize of Sacred Art, the Eural first prize of Drawing, the European prize for Contemporary Art, the grand prize of the Salon des Artistes Français, the Sandoz prize at the Fondation Taylor.

Françoise Adnet passed away in March of this year after a lengthy sickness. She leaves behind her a superb legacy and oeuvre.

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