Pierre Boncompain (French, b. 1938)
Born in Valence, known as the gateway to Provence, Pierre Boncompain is recognized as a modern French master, and inheritor of the colorist tradition. The charm of Provence flows through Boncompain’s paintings, pastels and works on paper. His themes are simple: nudes, still-lifes and landscapes, but, through his continued experimentation with intense color, expressive line, and flat, patterned surfaces, he transcends the everyday to offer us a vision of life that is infinitely attractive.
Over the last five decades Boncompain has exhibited in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Osaka, Tokyo, Lausanne, the United States, and throughout France and The Netherlands. His artworks are collected in numerous important public and private collections.
Boncompain currently has two significant public exhibitions in the planning stages: one in Strasbourg, France and the other at the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center in the Netherlands. The Strasbourg exhibition will feature a superb group of sixty pastels and three tapestries illustrating the Cantique des Cantiques, a collection of dramatic love poems from the Old Testament. Boncompain’s Cantique des Cantiques was previously exhibited in both Holland and Japan and this important set has been promised to the Musée de Valence. This French museum, located in the city of Pierre’s birth, was an early supporter of Boncompain’s career and has hosted several exhibitions of his work over four decades.
Pierre Boncompain has been painting and drawing since he was a young child and was encouraged by his parents in his pursuit of the arts. He moved to Paris in the late 1950s and graduated in 1959 first in his class at the French National Academy of Decorative Arts before moving on to the National Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied in the Legueult atelier.
Today, with his wife, model and muse Colette, he splits his time between his studios in Paris and Provence.
Museum and Public Collections
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Museé de Valence, Valence, France
Musée de Lille, Lille, France
Chateau de Vascoeuil, France
Chateau de Chenonceau, France
Musée d’Angers, France
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Japan
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Museo de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Kajikawa Foundation, Kyoto, Japan
Navio Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Takashimaya Museum, Osaka, Japan
Singer Museum, Laren, The Netherlands
Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy
Johnson and Johnson Foundation, New Jersey, USA