Pierre Abadie–Landel ( - )

Autoportait de Pierre Abadie-Landel

Born in the 6th arrondissement of Paris to a family of Breton origin. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. With his series "L'alphabet de l'armée" and his drawings for the magazine Le Nouvel Essor (1916), Pierre Abadie-Landel was one of the important illustrators of the First World War. It was during this period that he discovered the world of the Fratellini circus.

In 1920, he participated in the exhibition of the Société des artistes indépendants and became friends with René-Yves Creston. Working successively for the Primavera workshops at Printemps, the Maîtrise des Galeries Lafayette and the Maison Dominique, he remained attached to Paris, to the life of the "Republic of Montparnasse".

In love with Brittany, he conceived the Seiz-Breur programme with Jeanne Malivel in 1924 and took part in the 1925 International Exhibition of Decorative Arts, where he presented, among other things, a series of ceramic plates made in collaboration with the HB Manufacture in Quimper.

Numerous exhibitions punctuated his career as a painter. His favourite themes ranged from the nude to the world of the circus, including maritime Brittany, in particular Douarnenez, which he frequented for forty years. Prolific artist, witness of his time, he will never stop renewing himself and will be solicited for great projects.

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