Robert Lepeltier was born in Paris in 1913; his father Léon Lepeltier (1877-1960) was an artist and restorer, working for the French State on paintings in various museums.
Robert Lepeltier studied firstly at the studio of the artist Paul Albert Laurens (1870-1934) and subsequently studied between 1930-1935 at the École Nationale Supéreure des Beaux Arts in Paris. He initially worked in the studio of of his father as a restorer, but by 1937 he was exhibiting his own work at the Salon des Indépendants. The Second World War interrupted his work and during his service with the army he was captured. By 1946 Lepeltier was exhibiting again at the Salon des Artistes and also at the Salon des Indépendants. He exhibited in Paris at various galleries from 1945-1994.
Robert Lepeltier admired the work of Albert Marquet and Pierre Bonnard – his own work offers a reassuring vision of the world enlivened by freshness of colour and gaiety. Although he commenced his career as a landscape artist his main body of work is above all as a painter of figures – especially nudes, dancers and bathers.
Robert Lepeltier was also a collector of French 19th. Century painting as well as paintings by his contemporaries. He donated some of his collection to the Musée du Louvre and a large proportion to the Musée d’art et d’histoire Louis Senlecq | L’Isle-Adam. He also wrote a book on the restoration of drawings and prints – Restauration des Dessins et Estampes – Recouvrir, Restaurer, Conserver.
Robet Lepeltier died in Paris in 1996.
1945 Galerie Perrier, Paris
1946 Galerie des Deux Iles, Paris
1952 Galerie Marcel Bernheim, Paris
1954, 1955, 1956 Galerie Durand Ruel, Paris
1952, 1954 Galerie André Weil, Paris
1968 Galerie Schmidt, Paris
1972 Gallery 5, Geneva
1994 Galerie Marcel Berheim