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Jean Krillé

Switzerland Born in: 1925

Of Germanic descent, the painter Jean Krillé was born in 1923 in Switzerland. His father, writer and poet, oriented him towards art and culture. From the age of 16, he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Zurich, then the School of Arts and Crafts in Vevey. A year later, he already has his first exhibition. He also learned art history at the University of Bern. In 1945, he left for five years in Paris where he studied at the National School of Fine Arts and at the same time attended the Saint-Germain des existentialistes, that of Prévert, Sartre and Le Corbusier. A perfectionist, he also studied architecture and became an architect.

His first creations are book illustrations, lithographs, posters, drawings and reports in the press. Jean Krillé stayed in London and then in Munich where he was associated with a renovation company for historic monuments. In 1955, he opened his own architectural office in Geneva, which allowed him, paradoxically, to devote himself to painting.

An unrepentant traveler, Jean Krillé has toured the world several times. But Africa attracts him invincibly. In this new continent, he has the leisure to exercise his multiple talents as an architect, painter and reporter, in different countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Congo… He is even a delegate of an organization humanitarian aid during the Biafran war.

But another continent is offered to him: the United States. From 1964, he flourished there very quickly, far from the shackles of Europe and he stayed there for so long that he earned the nickname of American. He then divides his time between the two continents. In Switzerland, he lives in Mont-sur-Rolle. His works are present in many American museums. Jean Krillé has produced a lot.

His painting gives pride of place to landscapes, most often imaginary but from real elements. At the limit of abstraction, it offers generous lines and bright colors. Its skies sometimes evoke tragedies. There emerges from his work a certain interior force which seduces, in a halo of romanticism. A resolute opponent of ostentation and show business, Jean Krillé distills a strong message that still touches us today. His still lifes exude a soft and melancholy emotion. Her bouquets of flowers are like so many bursts of color from a painter who loved them to the point of intoxication. A few portraits also testify to his great sensitivity towards people.

Its message is both simple and deep. His last exhibition at the Musée de l'Athénée, in Geneva, in the spring of 1990, is like a firework display of colors and shapes. Jean Krillé died the following year and was buried in the cemetery of Mont-sur-Rolle. Facing the lake and facing eternity.

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Jean Krillé, Paysage et lac Léman, Painting

Jean Krillé

Paysage et lac Léman, 1982
19.9 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,147

Jean Krillé, Tempête rose - Tableau 11, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tempête rose - Tableau 11, 1984
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,734

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°81, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°81, 1985
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,734

Jean Krillé, Vase coloré, Painting

Jean Krillé

Vase coloré, 1964
36 x 25.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,674

Jean Krillé, Vase fleuri, Painting

Jean Krillé

Vase fleuri, 1950
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 917

Jean Krillé, Nature morte au journal, Painting

Jean Krillé

Nature morte au journal, 1984
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,473

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°80, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°80, 1984
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,587

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°82, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°82, 1983
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,734

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°83, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°83, 1985
31.5 x 39.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,103

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°78, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°78, 1985
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°77, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°77, 1984
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,587

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°76, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°76, 1984
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,817

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°75, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°75, 1988
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,046

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°74, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°74, 1989
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,046

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°73, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°73, 1985
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,587

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°72, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°72, 1989
31.9 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°71, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°71, 1988
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°70, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°70, 1986
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°69, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°69, 1982
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°67, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°67, 1976
24.4 x 18.5 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,211

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°66, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°66, 1970
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,523

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°65, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°65, 1984
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,670

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°64, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°64, 1986
20.1 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,211

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°63, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°63, 1984
16.1 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,326

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°61, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°61, 1980
19.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,408

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°62, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°62, 1983
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,523

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°60, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°60, 1984
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,523

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°58, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°58, 1978
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,867

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°57, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°57, 1972
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,523

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°56, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°56, 1970
20.1 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 3,211

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°55, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°55, 1985
20.5 x 26.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,294

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°54, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°54, 1985
23.6 x 28.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,982

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°59, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°59, 1982
19.7 x 26 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,523

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°52, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°52, 1980
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,867

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°51, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°51, 1983
20.1 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,867

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°53, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°53, 1980
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 6,193

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°50, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°50, 1986
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 4,931

Jean Krillé, Paysage, Painting

Jean Krillé

Paysage, 1967
33.5 x 22.8 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,867

Jean Krillé, Paysage d'hiver, Painting

Jean Krillé

Paysage d'hiver, 1983
22.8 x 33.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,440

Jean Krillé, Les fleurs, Painting

Jean Krillé

Les fleurs, 1984
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,548

Jean Krillé, Table bien remplie, Painting

Jean Krillé

Table bien remplie, 1960
20.1 x 28 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,720

Jean Krillé, Champs d'hiver, Painting

Jean Krillé

Champs d'hiver, 1967
12.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Table de salon, Painting

Jean Krillé

Table de salon, 1960
16.5 x 20.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,347

Jean Krillé, Abstrait, Painting

Jean Krillé

Abstrait, 1988
20.1 x 24 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 2,752

Jean Krillé, Bouquet dans un vase, Painting

Jean Krillé

Bouquet dans un vase, 1979
23.6 x 15.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$ 1,261

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°49, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°49, 1980
12.6 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°48, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°48, 1980
12.6 x 15.9 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°47, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°47, 1980
12 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°46, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°46, 1980
12.8 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°45, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°45, 1980
13 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°44, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°44, 1980
13 x 16.1 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,146

Jean Krillé, Bouquet de fleurs, Painting

Jean Krillé

Bouquet de fleurs, 1978
22 x 26.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,204

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°43, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°43, 1986
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,734

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°42, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°42, 1977
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,084

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°34, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°34, 1965
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,638

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°41, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°41, 1980
20.1 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 1,663

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°35, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°35, 1984
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 2,638

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°36, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°36, 1980
25.6 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,931

Jean Krillé, Tableau n°38, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau n°38, 1986
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 5,161

Jean Krillé, Tableau 37, Painting

Jean Krillé

Tableau 37, 1984
25.6 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,587

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