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Beaurepaire, Andrélocked

French, 20th century, male.

Born 4 August 1927, in Paris.

Painter, decorative designer, illustrator. Stage sets.

André Beaurepaire exhibited from 1948 onwards, and featured at the Salon Comparaisons in 1956. He provided illustrations for Wisdom ( Sagesse) by Paul Verlaine and for an edition of Corneille. He is best known for his stage designs, among many others for Jean Cocteau's Renaud et Armide at the Théâtre des Royales Galeries, Brussels, in 1948, Stravinsky's Scènes de Ballet at Covent Garden, London, in 1949, Prokofiev's Cinderella at La Scala, Milan, in 1956, Jean Cocteau's The Eagle Has Two Heads () at the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt in 1961, and Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in 1978.

Jean Cocteau wrote of him: 'Maniacal and grandiose, he dreams of a theatre of catastrophes, in which the crimson curtain rises on storms, sinking ships, buildings or scaffolding, factories and cathedrals, cities of wild luxury... and I admire in him the inevitable, but alas so rare, marriage of poetry and precision.'

Auction Records

Paris, 2 Dec 1992: Three-panel screen decorated with pagodas by a riverside (oil on canvas, each panel 78¾ × 19¾in/200 × 50cm) FRF 8,000