Lucien Bleyfus was born at Thorigny-sur-Marne near Paris, France in 1876. A pupil of Alfred Renaudin and Ernest Romanet, he attended the famous Académies Julian and Humbert. He also studied under Louis Lavallée. During the 1930’s, Lucien achieved fame as a post-impressionist painter, celebrated in particular for the immediacy and freshness of his interpretation of the French countryside.
Lucien’s artistic accomplishments have been honored throughout France. His works have been exhibited regularly at the “Salon des Artistes Français”, and at the “Salon de l’Ecole Française” where they were exempted from jury exami- nation. His paintings were received at additional Parisian salons, including the “Salon de l’Horticulture” and the “Indépendants”.
Outside of Paris, Lucien was celebrated in many other French cities. He is shown at the Museum of Nevers. “Bridge on the Bez” was purchased by the French government for the Museum of Orléans; another, “Effet du Soir”, by the city of Clichy. Two of his canvasses, “Banks of the Loire River” and “Village near Gien” were selected to represent the province of Orléans at 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.