Nr: 1692

DARNA, JEAN 1901 - 1974



Oil on canvas.

72 cm x 91 cm | 90 x 110 cm with frame


Born 1901 in Paris, died 1974

Charles Taddei – named Jan Darna – was of Corsican origin, but was born in Paris and was a painter from 1940 to 1950.

He had attended the High School Henry IV with very good success, then several art academies - to highlight La Grande Chaumiére, where he later became a teacher himself and taught painting and sculpture in a very academic way for mainly foreign students.


Between 1927 and 1929 he worked with the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and in 1938 he took part in an exhibition at the Petit Palais - together with Fautrier, Mela Muter, Davidson, Arstel and Kees van Dongen.

At the age of 43, he decided to create a personal and original work. Characteristic of his epoch, in which he expresses a more authentic abstraction.

Between 1953 and 1965 he exhibited in Zurich. In 1955 he left the studio of Bateau Lavoir to build a studio in Hay Les Roses, following his actual plans. Here he lived until the end of his life. For him, creativity was only possible in this seclusion.

The basic tone of his paintings is both static and erupting. They reveal a personality that was auspishing, passionate and mysterious. The outbursts of joy are toned down by the contradictions of a philosophical and poetic spirit. He painted very abstractly and sometimes very colorfully.


Schurr, Le Guidargus de la Peinture du XIX. si cle nos jours, 1990, p. 344

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