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Peintre Française Andre Francoise

André Françoise

André Françoise (Françoise Stegeman-André) was a French painter, born in 1926 in Les Sables d'Olonne/France and died in 2009 in Malvern, Chester County/United States. She studied at the Academie Royale Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Institut Nationale Superieur Beaux-Arts in Antwerp and the Institute Nat. Superior Arts Decoratifs in Gromaire. In 1951, she lived in Vancouver/Canada, where she taught at the University of British Columbia and at the Banff School of Fine Arts summer schools. Although she had taken on a formal approach during her studies, she was influenced by the abstraction in the spirituality of Morris Graves and "mystical painter" Mark Tobey in North America. The human figure has always been central to her painting, often described as surreal. In 1963, she accompanied her husband to Chicago, where he taught at the Art Institute before moving to Philadelphia in 1969. Andre continued her practice in Pennsylvania until 1976 when she divorced. She eventually moved back to Brussels, but kept returning to Philadelphia. She has exhibited in many Canadian museums and galleries; her work is held at Vancouver Art Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Museum, Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.  (BT)