Yvonne Canu

Yvonne Canu
09.11.1921 (Meknès, Marocco) - 2008

Nationality: French


Yvonne Canu was born in 1921 and was a French female painter. She followed the influences of pointillists such as Georges Seurat (1859-1891). Particularly it has been noted that she was strongly influenced by Seurat’s masterpiece L’ile de la Grande Jatte (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte).

She belongs to an interesting group of French twentieth-century artists who looked to and expanded upon the theories of so-called “divisioniste” artists of the late 19th century. Canu’s analysis of colour therefore follows many of the same trends and focuses on the mixture of primary, secondary, and tertiary tones on the palette and on the canvas.

She studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and gained most recognition for her work after the Second World War. Her work often depicts coastal and harbour scenes. Yvonne Canu died of natural causes in 2008.

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