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1920

BIRTH OF A CALLING

Jean Gourmelin was born in Paris on 23 November 1920; his family, originally from Brittany, is of humble background. He was an only child and his passion for drawing started at the age of 5. At Saint-Ferdinand school (in Paris Ternes district), his first art teacher, Mr. Robert Lesbounit, encouraged him and gave him self-confidence.


Picture of Jean Gourmelin (undated)

Self-portrait of Jean Gourmelin, 1968
Jean Gourmelin's signing
Listen to Jean Gourmelin at the Centre Pompidou exhibition opening [mp3,171Ko]