JACQUES VALLERY-RADOT (1910-2001)
An post-impressionist artist with a flair for the use of colour, Vallery-Radot was equally at home with the painting of landscape and of portraiture. He was born in Avallon, and studied art in Paris, which became his base until the early 1960's. His work was the subject of numerous exhibitions in Paris, and he became teacher of art history at the Albert de Mun school in the capital. Franšois Mauriac, greatly appreciative of his work, commissioned him to illustrate a number of his books. During the latter half of his life he lived at Seine-Port, where he received as guests his erstwhile friends, George Bernanos and AndrÚ Billy.