Bruno Emile Laurent (French, Born 1928)
Oil on panel landscape of Paris street scene, signed LL,
size: 18" x 24" + Frame.
Biography (translated from Wikipedia)
Born in Mons on May 1st, 1928, near
Charleville-Mézières, he had a hard-working
childhood after obtaining his school certificate and was saved from a
purulent pleurisy at the age of four. He was exoded during the war and
has been working since the age of 14, doing different jobs: butchery
with his father, bicycle tire repair, building handler, factory
riveting. At the age of 25, he comes to Paris and works in restaurants
and car manufacturing to earn a living. From an artist temperament, in
the 1970s, he took acting lessons to become a comedian and met the
actor Daniel Russo, then a young student. He plays in a few films,
including Jean Richard, who plays Maigret for a series on television.
While he has been a chef in his own restaurants for the last ten years,
he decides, at the age of 45, to enroll in the drawing evening classes
of the City of Paris, in Montparnasse. For 5 years, he learned
conscientiously from the living model and plaster. He took a few
painting classes and began to make his own paintings, which he
exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and at the Salon des
Artistes français. In 1987, he decided to open his
studio-gallery, where he is still installed and that makes him a
personalities of the Butte. Its location in the lower Montmartre,
inclined to specialize in the painting of Montmartre, although his
subjects also extend to flowers, the views of Paris, New York, the
landscapes of Provence, or the interiors of cafés.
The museum of Montmartre exhibits several of his works, which are very
present in the auctions, while the Moulin Rouge, who considers him the
last great painter of Montmartre, publishes a lithograph of his
He is one of the greatest painters of the "School of Montmartre" .
Several retrospectives of his work have taken place