Its lifeFrançois Enault was born in 1869 in Varenguebec, small village of the English Channel. It is the elder one of a family of twelve children, his father was teacher in this commune. He made his studies with the college of Valognes, then in Paris to study the right, according to the wish of his father.
But its aspirations were elsewhere: he acknowledged “to have the impression to have always known to draw”. On its books of school, it crunched very realistic drawings, which was worth many punishments by its teacher to him who was also his father. Its books of physics were always decorated illustrations showing its irresistible taste for the drawing.
Giving up the right, he thus studied painting and the drawing with Paris, earning his living by illustrating newspapers or books, under the pseudonym of MOB, Mondet-Tenclin or Jean Frinot.
Its regionalismNorman until the bottom of the heart, it created, with Louis Beuve, “Bouais Jan”, a company aiming at gathering the Norman ones of Paris.
Its work of artistIts paintings are also inspired by its native land, scenes of markets, the daily life at the Norman fields, interiors, marine, old manors of Coutances, around Cherbourg, of Barneville, in Saint-Vaast Hougue… Nothing escaped its sharp-edged glance at the time of its excursions manchoises.
Its works are tables of life which represent the daily newspaper of rural Cotentin: markets, interiors of the farms, fairs, festivals, fishing and habits. They painted and described people and the landscapes such as they were.
It is a whole part of the inheritance of Cotentin which one can find in his works which are also documents of the history of the pre-war period. Louis Beuve very precisely said: " It painted in patois".
OilsAt his beginnings, François Enault swore only by the Flemish painters of the time, it thus studied the manner of it of painting. It is then the period of the interior, dark and sad scenes, that it animated by means of light-obscure.
Then its painting evolved/moved when François Enault was taken by the current of impressionism. It then painted many scenes of external life which gained in light and colors.
It exposed several of its works, as from 1903, with the living room of the French Artists, the Large palace of the Champs Elysées.
DrawingsThose are its drawings which made it possible François Enault to live, as of the stopping of its studies of right. It illustrated cartoons a series of plates and very required cups of the collectors. It caricatured the situations of the everyday life with tenderness and mischievousness. Its engravings and its lithography were in the same spirit.
WatercoloursOne can of course find Normandy of the time in watercolours with the colors surprisingly sharp and chatoyantes.
François Enault had envisaged, after the war, to organize a public exposure of its fabrics, engravings, and drawings. This project, which could have led to the dedication of its talent, was stopped by its sudden death on November 24th, 1918: it was only 49 years old.
Its work of writerFrançois Enault was journalist with the review Arts, letters and Sciences .
Its talent was also exerted like storyteller: the proof is made by it in the accounts which appeared in the “Bouais-Jan” and “the Newspaper of the English Channel” and joined together in 1930 in one entitled book “the remarks of Jean Frinot”. He told with the accent of the marked soil the tales collected in Cotentin, the comic stories of which he was itself the author.
He became, about 1911 editor association of a large weekly magazine, Illustrated France and remained it until the end of its life.
- a good precaution ; Bouais-Jan, May 8th, 1897
- Pénitenche ; Bouais-Jan, extracts from the " Matter of Jean Frinot"
- the small drops ; Newspaper of the English Channel
- a difficult conversion ; extracts from the " Matter of Jean Frinot" , Bouais-Jan, January 1898
- grease with packsaddlled ; extracts from the " Matter of Jean Frinot" , Bouais-Jan, January 23rd, 1898
- Day of festival ; Newspaper of the English Channel, extract of the " Matter of Jean Frinot" , June 18th, 1904
- a bouon balance of avri ; Bouais-Jan
- a diploma ; Newspaper of the English Channel, extract of the " Matter of Jean Frinot" , September 1907
- Eun rascal fripounne ; Newspaper of the English Channel, January 1908
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