Lucien Adrion (1889-1953)

Lucien Adrion was born 25th May 1889 in Strasbourg.  As a young man, he left his hometown and travelled to Paris where he found employment as a fashion illustrator. Adrion later spent time in London, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin, where he studied in the studio of Hermann Struck, who was also the teacher of artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985). He remained in Berlin until the end of WWI and soon after his return to Paris in 1921 he launched a solo exhibition.

Adrion was prominent artist and known for his interpretation of Parisian street life.  French writer and Journalist Jean Galtier-Boissiere wrote: “Il a le sens du mouvement des foules, du mouvement de la vie” (“He has a sense of the movement of people in the crowd, for the movement of life”)

Adrion later left Paris for the pastoral settings of Normandy, where he found great success as a landscape artist. In 1926 he made his debut at the Salon des Indépendants.  Later in 1940, he exhibited in the Salon d’Automne and the following year the Salon des Tuileries.