(Belgian, 1902-1992)


Oil on Canvas

24 x 36 Inches

Signed, Lower Left, "Max Moreau"


Best known for his whimsical Parisian street scenes and Orientalist portraits, Max Moreau was active in France, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as in the United States, as a painter, draftsman, actor, playwright, musician and set designer. He first studied with his father, Henri Moreau, the acclaimed Belgian artist. When the Moreau family moved to Brussels, Henri frequently accompanied his son to both the theater and to the Musée des Beaux-Arts where they discussed and studied the artworks of four centuries. Max Moreau painted many copies of works by Rembrandt, Velasquez and other Old Masters and also, from an early age, became known for his portraits of the actors whose performances he attended.


In 1920, the Moreau family settled in Paris where the young artist continued to find subjects among the theatrical world and also became acquainted with numerous luminaries of the Paris art-world. At the Comédie-Française, he befriended the actor and director Denis d’Inès, whose portrait he was to paint frequently over the course of their forty-year friendship. In 1929, he made the first of five trips to Tunisia where he was to exhibit with success at the Salon Tunisien (1933, 1934).


After the war, Moreau established himself internationally as a successful society portraitist and, in America, painted portraits of celebrities including Anthony Quinn, Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power and members of the Rockefeller family. He continued to exhibited widely and with success including in Tunis, Algiers, Casablanca, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, New York (Wildenstein Gallery, 1960), Milwaukee, Madrid and Granada, among others. In 1965, after fifteen years in Paris, Moreau settled permanently in Granada in Spain. Upon his death, Moreau's home was bequeathed to the City of Granada along with the contents of his studio and artwork and it is now a museum dedicated to the artist.



E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Jacques Busse, 1999 Nouvelle Édition, Gründ 1911, Vol. 9, p. 829; et al.







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