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Constant Le Breton
Modern (19th century-1945) Painter, engraver
(Saint Germain des Pres, France, March 11, 1895 - 1985, Paris, France)

Constant Le Breton was born on 11 March 1895 into a family of Loire watermen at St Germain des Prés, a little village in Anjou. He started his career as an apprentice with a company of decorators first in Nantes, then in Le Mans. He was admitted to the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris but was too poor to be able to continue the courses. Drafted in 1915, he saw action at Gallipoli and later in Serbia. After the war, he settled in Paris as a wood-engraver and established a good reputation as a book illustrator. He was awarded a scholarship by the Blumenthal Foundation and quickly won a reputation for himself as a painter. He was a friend of Luce, Derain, Segonzac, Antral, Belmondo, and Brayer. He was hailed as a portrait painter, and among many others he painted Charles Dullin, Ingrid Bergmann, and Béatrice Bretty. He also painted landscapes, still life, and other compositions. There are a large number of Le Breton's paintings in Paris museums. His portraits are in private collections in France, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the United Kingdom. Constant Le Breton died in Paris in February 1985.

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