Famous French Abstract Painters

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 1 Jean Arp

Jean Arp
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: September 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: June 7, 1966

Jean Arp was born in Strasbourg, to a German father and a French mother. After studying art in Paris and Switzerland, he co-created The Modern Alliance and participated in the Dada and Abstraction-Création movements. An avant-garde painter and sculptor, he also experimented with media such as embroidery.

 2 Yves Klein

Yves Klein
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 6, 1962

 3 Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 22, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 30, 1953
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 4 Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rodez, France

Pierre Soulages is a French painter, sculptor, and engraver. His works have influenced several prominent personalities like François Hollande, who called him the greatest living artist in the world, in 2014. Over the course of his illustrious career, Pierre Soulages has won several prestigious awards like Carnegie Prize, Rembrandt Award, and the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.

 5 Micheline Roquebrune

Micheline Roquebrune
Famous As: Wife of Sir Sean Connery
Birthdate: 1929 AD

Tunisian-born French artist Micheline Roquebrune is best known as legendary actor Sean Connery’s second wife. Roquebrune had met Connery in Morocco in the 1970s. They mostly lived in their resort in Marbella and in the Bahamas. Connery was her third husband, and following his death, she revealed he had dementia.

 6 Nicolas de Stael

Nicolas de Stael
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 16, 1955

Nicolas de Stael was a Russian-born French painter best remembered for his highly abstract landscape painting. He traveled throughout Europe, living and working in places like Paris. Nicolas de Stael suffered from depression, insomnia, and exhaustion throughout his career. He committed suicide by jumping off from his studio terrace at the age of 41.

 7 Daniel Buren

Daniel Buren
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Daniel Buren is a French conceptual artist, visual artist, sculptor, and painter. He is credited with creating many world-famous installations, such as Les Deux Plateaux. One of the most active and renowned artists on the international scene, Daniel Buren is the recipient of several prestigious awards like the Golden Lion and the Premium Imperiale.

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 8 Simon Hantaï

Simon Hantaï
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Biatorbágy, Hungary
Died: September 12, 2008

 9 Paul Sérusier

Paul Sérusier
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 9, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 7, 1927

 10 Hans Hartung

Hans Hartung
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: December 7, 1989

 11 Jacques Villon

Jacques Villon
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Damville, Mesnils-sur-Iton, France
Died: June 9, 1963

 12 Jean Hélion

Jean Hélion
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Couterne, Rives-d'Andaine, France
Died: October 27, 1987

 13 Olivier Debré

Olivier Debré
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 1, 1999