signed indistinctly (lower right) mixed media on paper 26 x 35 cm Simone Roussel, known as Michèle Morgan, French actress, appeared in more than seventy films from the 1930s to the 1980s and produced some seven hundred drawings and paintings. From the 1970s onwards, she became more discreet on the screen and devoted herself mainly to painting (gouaches, collages, oils). Michèle Morgan announced the end of her acting career in January 2001. In Hollywood, where she lived from 1942 to 1946, she painted portraits of her entourage. It was during this period that she met the French-Polish painter Moïse Kisling. In 1942, Kisling painted her portrait. While posing for him, she watched him with great interest. He did not give her any lessons as such, but she was inspired... She then attended the Los Angeles Academy of Painting.