François-Marie Caujan dit Fanch ( - )

Born to a cabinetmaker father, he attended Paul Léonard's drawing classes in Brest. He then entered the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts in Nantes in the workshops of Fougerat, Simon and Stany-Gauthier. Following his studies in Brittany, he passed the entrance exam to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1924, after completing his studies, he moved to Brest and became friends with Saint-Pol-Roux. He participated in the creation of a group of artists called "la phalange bretonne" which included Jim Sévellec. In 1925, he participated in the Decorative Arts exhibition. In 1926 and 1927 he was present in many Parisian Salons such as : Independent Artists, Salon d'Automne, Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts and the Tuileries. It was probably also at this time that he began his collaboration with the Manufacture HB. We can think that Caujan's friendship with Quillivic explains the choice of this Manufacture. He led his artistic career on the regional (Union artistique de Quimper in 1935), national (exhibition of arts and techniques in 1937, exhibition at the Petit Palais in 1939), and international (Algiers 1934, New York 1939) levels. He died in Landerneau accidentally in 1945.

He published pieces under his name François Caujan and pieces under the pseudonym of Fanch. The most audacious and modern plays were published under his name. It is very likely that he reserved his pseudonym for more commercial plays.


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