Jacques Lagrange (1917 – 1995)
Jacques Lagrange was born in Paris in 1917. He attended the École Nationale Superieure des Arts Décoratifs at the age of seventeen, and the following year transferred to the École des Beaux Arts, both situated in Paris. He assisted Raoul Dufy with the decoration for the Pavilion of Electricity at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937.
After serving in World War Two, he set up his studio ‘Lagrange Arcueil’. He was invited to exhibit in the first Salon de Mai in 1945, and continued to do so annually thereafter. He also exhibited his paintings at the renowned Galerie de France in Paris. As the art critic Jean-Jacques Lévêque said of his work “His compositions are allied to architecture, the use of colour is an obvious legacy of the Fauves.”
His creative curiosity led him to design tapestries for Aubusson between 1946 and 1949. This same sense of creative exploration and adventure led to his meeting the famous comic actor Jacques Tati in 1945, and he was later invited to become co-writer on all of Jacques Tati’s most well- known films – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967), Trafic (1971), and Parade (1974).
Jacques Lagrange also collaborated with architects on various projects, including designing ceilings and sculptural decoration for various schools, universities, and the first Parisian skyscraper (1956).
Jacques Lagrange became Head of Painting and Printmaking at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris between 1972 and 1984. He died in 1995.