Maurice EstÃ¨ve was born in Culan France
in 1904. He began painting from 1915 and studies at the Montparnasse
worshops a few years later. In 1930, he settled down his own atelier. Self-taught
painter, one time into the influence of the surrealists (1927-29 ) in Paris with Giorgio de
Chirico, full of admiration for Braque, dedicating a real passion for CÃ©zanne, the
artist hesitated a long time between representational art and abstract art. His
art met consecration in 1987, with a museum created in the Hotel des Echevins (Bourges), at which 125
works were given.
EstÃ¨ve was also a draftsman and a water
colourist, an etcher, a lithographer (his first work was made in 1955 at
MourlotÂs workshop); collages also constituted separate creations. His first retrospective
was organized, in 1948, in
the Gallery Louis CarrÃ© (Paris), same gallery which still exposed EsteveÂs
Esteve settled finally back to Culan and died
there on June 2001.