Belay Pierre / Pierre De Belay

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Pierre Savigny de Belay or Pierre De Belay (Quimper 1890 - region Oostende 1947)

Pierre de Belay came to Paris in 1919 and by 1925 he had found his first artist’s studio. In the 30s, he moved his studio to Montparnasse, then home to a wild group of artists which included Chagal, Soutine, and Modigliani. This group frequented the many nightclubs and cafes populated with artists and socialites in Montparnasse and they became a major source of inspiration for Belay. Very talented at drawing, from 1923 to 1926 he worked for the magazine Harlequin, a periodical of art and spectacles. His reputation as a painter was cemented in 1930 with a solo exhibition of fifty works depicting scenes from Parisian life.

His works are found in many French museums such as Avignon; Musée des Beaux-Arts; Museum of Fine Arts of Brest; Concarneau; Eugène Boudin Museum in Honfleur; Mantes-la-Jolie; Morlaix, Jacobin museum in Morlaix; Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes; Orleans; Musée de Montmartre and the Bar Association of the Bar of Paris in Paris; bigouden museum in Pont l'Abbé; Breton Departmental Museum and Museum of Fine Arts of Quimper; Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes; Rodez; Museum of Fine Arts of Rouen; St Denis ; Museum of Saintes Échevinage; Musée Lambinet in Versailles; Castle Museum in Vitre.