Eugène Gen Paul

An expressionist work by Gen Paul, circa 1927, depicting a couple at a table enjoying a bottle of champagne. A cheerful, lively work with shimmering colors and a twirling touch.

Oil on canvas
Signed lower right and on the back.
Dimensions: 65 x 81 cm
Price upon request

The lively spirit of 1925-1930, Gen Paul’s best years

Between abstraction and figuration, in the 20s Gen Paul painted above all what he loved. Gen Paul loves life, and our painting is testimony to this.
Gen Paul, eager for life and movement, snatches up faces or moments that he then nervously throws onto his canvas.

GEN PAUL one of the masters of French Expressionism,

Gen Paul represents a picture which, if it seems sketchy, is in every way accomplished. He uses extraordinary technical virtuosity.
White occupies an important place. Brightly colored stains splash across it. The painter completes his fireworks display with a few black brushstrokes. An economy of means that denotes his artistic talent.


GEN PAUL was born at 96, rue Lepic, in a house that Van Gogh depicted in one of his paintings. His mother was an embroiderer and his father a café musician. Being born on rue Lepic was a good sign, and GEN PAUL hasn’t changed neighborhoods since. Memories for the eyes, the head and the palette. Leaving the rue Lepic communale in the evening, he was already fascinated by this strange, elegant, wonderfully-dressed dwarf who then had his studio nearby, on rue Tourlaque: Toulouse Lautrec. He knew the Bonnot gang, La Goulue and handcars.
A painter born in Montmartre and living in Montmartre is first and foremost a painter, and Gen Paul didn’t spend his life painting the Sacré Coeur, the Moulin Rouge and rue Lepic.

He began to paint at an early age. His apprenticeship is original: as an apprentice interior decorator, he looks around him in the rich apartments.
Passionate about painting and eager for knowledge, he observes the works collected by art lovers, wherever his work has taken him. In addition, he learns about human anatomy by getting to know surgeons and accompanying them to operating rooms. He completed his training during the few years he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

In 1913, he volunteered for the front and was wounded. A year later, a second injury led to the amputation of his right leg. Back in Paris in 1916, he began to paint. His first oil painting – the Moulin de la Galette seen from his window – dates from 1916. From then on, Eugène Paul began his career as a painter. It represents many views of Paris to satisfy demand.
He signed for the first time a painting “GEN-PAUL” in 1918. In 1920, he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, and remained faithful to this institution, as well as to the Salon des Indépendants. He travels to Spain and confronts the masterpieces of the masters: Goya, El Greco, Velasquez… On his return, he uses black even more in his compositions.

His first personal exhibition took place at the Bing Gallery in 1926. He illustrated several of Céline’s books, including Voyage au bout de la nuit and Mort au crédit in 1942. He made engravings, some of which were published in a collection entitled Vues de Montmartre.
At the end of World War II, he traveled frequently to the United States and New York. At the time, he held the title of general. In 1952, the Drouant-David gallery in Paris devoted a retrospective to him.
Besides the annual events of the Parisian art scene (the Salons), Gen Paul exhibits only exceptionally. Unaffected by success and fame, he never took a painting to a dealer. They’re the ones who came to get them.
the artist refuses to depend on any gallery. At the end of his life, he traveled frequently to France and Spain.


– Francis Carco, Gen Paul, Éditions de la Galerie Drouant-David, 1952.
– André Chamson, Collection Girardin, Éditions du Petit Palais, Paris, 1954.
– Raymond Nacenta, The School of Paris – The painters and the artistic climate of Paris since 1910, Osbourne Press, London, 1960.
– François Gibault, Céline, cavalier de l’apocalypse (1944-1961), Mercure de France, 1961.
– Jean-Paul Crespelle, Montmartre vivant, Hachette, 1964. See chapter 8 (pp. 224-247): “Gen Paul, de la rue Lepic”.
– Les Muses – Encyclopédie des arts, Éditions Grange Balelière, 1972.
– Pierre Davaine (preface by Jean Miller), Gen Paul, Éditions I.G.E., 1974.
– Emmanuel David (interviews with Herve Le Boterf), Le métier de marchand de tableaux, Éditions France-Empire, 1978.
– Carlo a Marca (preface by Marc-Édouard Nabe), Gen Paul, Transédition, 1986.
– Gabrielle Aber-Gen Paul, Guy Vignoht (“The Force of Instinct of an Expressionist Giant”),
-Jeanine Warnod, Gen Paul, 1895-1975, exhibition catalog, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Menton, 1993.
– Chantal Le Bobinnec, Gen Paul à Montmartre, Éditions Chalmin et Perrin, 1995.
– André Roussard and Carlo a Marca, Catalogue of the Gen Paul exhibition, Couvent des Cordeliers, 1995.
– Gérald Schurr, Le Guidargus de la peinture, Les Éditions de l’Amateur, 1996.
– Carlo a Marca, Joann a Marca, Gabrielle Aber-Gen Paul , Gen Paul (1895-1975), published by Hotel Splügenschloss, Zurich, 1998.
– André Roussard, Gen Paul. La biographie, Éditions André Roussard, 2006, 304 p. [présentation en ligne [archive]].
– Jacques Lambert (preface by Claude Duneton), Gen Paul: Un peintre maudit parmi les siens, La Table Ronde, 2007
– Chantal Le Boubinnec (presentation by Claude Duneton), Gen Paul à Montmartre, Les éditions de Paris – Max Chaleil, 2007
– Francesco Rapazzini, Le Moulin Rouge en folies – Quand le cabaret le plus célèbre du monde inspire les artistes, Le Cherche Midi, 2016.
– Marie-France Coquard, “Gen Paul et Jean-Pierre Serrier, deux potes de Montmartre,” Revue Paris Montmartre.


. Posthumous group exhibitions include:
. Roussard Gallery, Paris (1999)
. Roussard Gallery, Paris (2002)
. In Paris:
. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
. Petit Palais, Paris
. National Museum of Modern Art
. Center Pompidou
. Bourdelle Museum
. Center national des arts plastiques
. Outside Paris :
– Museum Toulouse, Les Abattoirs.
– Granville Musée d’Art moderne Richard-Anacréon,
– Honfleur, Eugène-Boudin Museum Honfleur.
– Menton, Museum of Fine Arts
-Dunkerque, Lieu d’art et action contemporaine,
– Bern, Museum of Fine Arts .
– Geneva, Petit Palais.