Jacques Maret 1900-1980

Jacques Maret was born on 27th September 1900 in Nantua, France. He was a French painter, illustrator, engraver and poet.

Maret studied under the French painter, sculptor and engraver Victor Prouvé and attended the Académie Julian, Paris, in the early 1920's when it was located in Montmartre. Maret was mobilized during both WW1 and WW2 - and was taken prisoner during WW2.

Maret's illustrations were published in the surrealist and poetic magazine 'Feuillets Inutiles' between 1928 and 1977. The other contributors included the photographer Georges Pillement, the avant-garde poet and dramatist Pierre Albert-Birot, the journalist and poet Pierre Andreu, the cubist painter and teacher André Lhote and the Belgian sculptor Michel Seuphor. The French poet Max Jacob described Maret as 'a very great painter' in 1933. The poet André Salmon has been quoted as saying (of Maret) 'Il a beaucoup inventé, on il a beaucoup pillé avant la célébrité' (He invented a lot, and was frequently plundered before he became famous).

The Bénézit Dictionary of Artists describes Maret as 'one of the greatest scholarly engravers of his time'

Maret exhibited at various galleries in France including Galerie Zak - a Parisian art gallery (1928-60) that specialised in modern European and South American art; Galerie de Paris and the 'Salon des Tuileries' was an annual art exhibition of painting and sculpture, organized in opposition to the Academy's official Salon system, that ran from 1923 until the early 1950s.

Maret had a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago 'Etchings by Jacques Maret' (1946) and was included at the Venice Biennale (National Pavilion and International Exhibition)

Jacques Maret died in Chartres on 15th November 1980, aged 80.