About Malcolm de Chazal

Malcolm de Chazal

Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981) – was born in Mauritius to French parents… To begin with he was a writer and a poet. His most notable books were: Sens Plastique, and, Sens Magique… W.H.Auden said of him that he was "…the most original and interesting French writer to emerge since the war.” And André Breton hailed him as a surrealist.

In 1950, at the suggestion of Georges Braque, he began to paint… Better known in the French-speaking world – as an influential artist who stands alone in both his approach and his style – he is now becoming appreciated in the English-speaking world as a free-thinker who is deserving of his place in art history.

He was a surrealist, a mystic and an alchemist… Occasionally one glimpses similarities between his work and Van Gogh’s, Matisse’s and Derain’s. He has been described as a post-modernist expressionist. Or, possibly he could be defined as a post-Fauvist. If that is what he was, then he was the essence of what that approach was supposed to embody in its purest form: an animalistic and feral interpretation of the world through bold colours, harnessing the emotions whilst rejecting a rigid representational approach to art.        

But ultimately, and this is what is exciting about Chazal, he is unlike any other artist…

All Malcolm de Chazal artwork available from this website was photographed by, and is the copyright of, Jean Bonnin; and is not available from anywhere else in the world.