ANDRE VERDET (1913-2004) Composition

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lithograph on paper signed in pencil ‘A. Verdet’ (lower right) and numbered 25/200 (lower left) Plate: 31 x 44 cm (sheet 70 x 50 cm) Provenance: Private collection, South of France Born in Nice to a family from Saint-Paul, André Verdet was a French poet, painter, sculptor, musician, filmmaker, Résistance commander, and Holocaust survivor. His first book, Histoires originales du pays de Saint Paul, was published in 1939. In 1941 Verdet met Jacques Prévert, with whom he would publish four books of poetry. During the Résistance, he was arrested and deported to Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Repatriated in 1945, upon his return to France he published his Anthology of Poems from Buchenwald. In 1949 he returned to Saint Paul. A writer and his friend, Jacques Prévert, introduced him to Picasso in the early 1950s. He also met Matisse through Paul Roux, owner of the Colombe d’Or. This is when Andre Verdet started to paint. He frequented other artists such as Arman and César and participated in exhibitions throughout the French Riviera.