André Blondel (Shaye/Sasza Blonder aka)

1909 1949
 (Галичина) (Ukraine) 1909 /   (France) 1949

Andre Blondel grew up in Czortkow, a market town south east of Lvov. When he was seventeen years old, he not only joined the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, but also visited Paris for the first time. In 1930, he was awarded a scholarship, settled in Paris and studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts. Blondel returned to Poland from 1930 to 1937 and was an activist in a left-wing political organization. With his friends, he founded a group of artists named “the Krakow group”. Their first exhibition took place in Lvov in 1933. He then joined the Polish Artists and Writers Union, from which he was expelled in 1937 because of his political activism. That same year, he was awarded a scholarship for the second time, which enabled him to go back to Paris.

In 1939, Blond was enlisted in the Polish army. Discharged from service in 1940, he took refuge in Aix-en-Provence. In 1943, he settled in the Languedoc region and exhibited his work in Montpellier, Béziers, Toulouse and Sète. He travelled there a lot between 1945 and 1949. He participated to the creation of the Sète School with François Desnoyer and Gabriel Couderc.

Andre Blondel moved back to Paris in 1948 and died in an accident on 14 June 1949.