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Charles Louis La Salle, 1938

Charles-Louis La Salle was born in Hanoi, Vietnam.
He spent his childhood in Indochina and adolescence in Africa.
La Salle studied at the School of Decorative Arts - Arts Déco- in Paris where he arrived at the age of 18.
Thereafter, he traveled throughout all of Europe seeking the sources of his inspiration and cultural identity.
He settled in Provence in 1966.

From this point onward, he devoted himself solely to his vocation as a painter. Influences on his career have included the statuary of medieval Burgundy, the Flemish primitives as well as the giants of the Italian Renaissance.
Both painter and sculptor, he is also an accomplished draughtsman, engraver and has experimented quite successfully in the field of lithography.
The flamboyant Baroque side to his temperament has also led him to venture into the possibilities offered by the theater and opera.
He has personally directed operas, designed sets and costumes, written several plays, many poems and composed the lyrics to songs.

In 1980, Charles-Louis La Salle was awarded the Prize of the Marseilles Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Six years later, he received the Prize of the Monte Carlo Contemporary Art Festival.
The Prize of The Jules Verne Foundation followed in 1989.

Traveling across the world, he has discovered the Pacific and Tahiti, his "New Cythera" as Bougainville called it.
These new sources of inspiration have led him begin writing once again and have fueled an explosion of new themes in both the world of painting and sculpture.
After his "Italian Period", the colors of Charles-Louis palette have varied.
Henceforward, his colors have drifted towards the sun..