About An Artist in War: The Art & Life of Andre Girard (1901-1968)
© Ellen Fernandez-Sacco & John D. Kysela
Few are aware of the life and works of the French artist André Girard. During the first half of the twentieth century, Girard pioneered techniques in advertising in Paris, experimented with painting on glass and film in the U.S., and was involved in Worlds Fairs on both sides of the Atlantic. During the Second World War, Girard created one of the first Resistance networks in Southern France linked to the Allied powers.
This is the website for the upcoming book, which examines Girard’s work and life in France and the United States during the conflict ridden years of the Second World War.
Girard was both a prodigious artist and correspondent. Based on new information gathered from archives and unpublished sources in France, England and the United States, the chapters move chronologically through Girard’s life — his early friendship with the painter Georges Rouault, and later, Pierre Bonnard to the art scene of pre-war Paris of the 1920s and 1930s. He then travels to the US to participate in the Golden Gate International Exhibition on San Francisco’s Treasure Island as Artistic Director of the French Pavilion, and to paint murals at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. The next chapters deal with his return to France, the founding of his Resistance network CARTE, and the capture of his wife by the Gestapo in 1943 before turning to his post-war work, which transposed religious imagery directly onto the media of film and glass in the U. S.
This book is for anyone interested in the art and culture of the first half of the twentieth century.