Despierre enrolled in the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1930 where he studied with Charles Dufresne. In 1938, he received the Paul Guillaume award and started to teach at the Academie Montparnasse as of 1948. He was named Professor at the Ecole des Art Decoratifs in 1950, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1958 and Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1963. In 1969, he was elected Member of the Academie des Beaux Arts.
Despierre participated in the Salon de Mai (which he helped to found), the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Tuileries. He exhibited at the Galerie de France in Paris in 1944 in a show entitled 'PeintresSubjectifs', and in 1961 at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice in a show entitled 'Dix Peintresautour de Jacques Villon'. He also participated in group shows in the U.S., at the Biennale de Sao-Paolo, in Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, Belgrade, Melbourne, Helsinki, Mexico, New Delhi,London and Tokyo. He started having one man shows in Paris and abroad as of 1938, and a retrospective of his work was given at the Musee de Saint-Denis in 1987.
Despierre belonged to the school of French Reconstructive Realism, using procedures derived from Cubism but never slipping into abstraction.Heuseddiversity of color to create an intricate atmospheric effect in his depictions of animated figures, luminous cityscapes and landscapes.
French Artist (1912 - 1995)
'Vue Aerienne de Cathedrales'
Ink and watercolor on paper 13.5 x 15.5 in
Musee de Fontainebleau, France;
Musee d'Art Moderne de Limoges, France;
Musee de la Soierie, de Lyon, France;
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris.
Musee d'Orleans, France;
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Saint-Denis, France