Edgar STOEBEL (1909-2001)
Oil on canvas.
Paris Montmartre street.
55cm x 46cm
By his real name René Teboul Yechoua, Edgar Stoëbel is a French painter, born in Algeria in 1909, and died in Paris in 2001.
Attracted from a young age by music as well as t graphic arts, these two art forms were closely linked throughout his life.
In Oran, he created a small conservatory with 17 musicians, and conducted an orchestra.
In 1931, he moved to Paris to work on music. He studied with Professor Léon Eugène Moreau, who taught him harmony, counterpoint, fugue and the piano until 1939 and the declaration of war. Mobilized, he joined his infantry corps.
In 1940, he returned to Algeria where he painted and drew - there are figurative works of that time in collections in Algeria - then led an orchestra until 1942. When the Americans landed in Oran in 1942, he obtained be mobilized with them and participate in military operations until 1945. During all these years of war, he will not cease to draw scenes from daily life and will begin to make imaginary drawings which are the foreshadowing of his "figura-syntheses "
At the end of the war in 1945, he moved to Paris, created Éditions Stoëbel, wrote music and songs which he gradually abandoned to devote himself only to painting and drawing.
Between 1946 and 1950, he notably produced numerous figurative views of Parisian places: Montmartre, Place Clichy or Pigalle.
From 1950, he frequented the Montparnasse des Artistes and became friends with Anton Prinner, artist and friend of Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, Pierre Loeb and Picasso. He also linked up with artists from the rue de la Grange-Batelière: Goetz, Mondzain, Michonze, Meyer-Lazar.
In 1960, he invented his own writing which he called "Figura-synthesis". The "Figura-synthesis" he says "" is the image that we have of an object and not of the object in its form as it appears to us: it is subjectivized and only represents an unreal form on all levels. The relationship between forms constitutes "Figura-synthesis". ""