“Marie-Lize au Compotier, Dans le Jardin de Martel” Oil on canvas, 24" x 19.63"
Gall was born on May 22, 1912 in Kosovar (Transylvania) to Hungarian parents. From 1929 to 1930, Gall studied in Rome, with the support of the Hungarian government, at Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts. After graduating, at the request of the Hungarian Government, he returned to his native country to study and teach at the Hungarian College. In December of 1936, Franois Gall traveled to Paris to study at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts under Devambez. It was during his studies in Paris that Gall changed his style forever after experiencing the influence of the French impressionists and post-impressionists. From that Gall's preferred subjects were Parisian scenes and portrayals of women engaged in typically feminine activities. His repertoire also included landscapes and still-life composition that were the trademarks of his works. As he matured as an artist Franois Gall began developing a new and original style. Focussing largely on his surroundings, Gall painted and exhibited works that focussed on the everyday life of Paris. His fresh approach gained overwhelming acceptance at the Salons. After becoming a citizen of France in 1945, Gall approached his recent successes with enthusiasm. At the Paris Salon of 1947, he was awarded the Medaille Ore. In 1953, he was invited to debut his numerous exhibitions in the United States and Canada. The awards continued. Gall won the Prix Fraincis Smith in 1963. He was appointed Laureat de Institut de France in 1965 and won the prix Gustave Courtois, Medaille Ore du Merite National Francais. Gall went on to be awarded the Prix de Bonnat in 1970, the Prix the Becker in 1971 and the Prix Paul Chabas in 1972. In 1974, he was awarded the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris. In 1976, Gall was elected to one of France's most coveted levels of achievement for an artist. He was appointed Chevalier dans Odre des Arts et des Lettres. Gall continued his rigorous exhibition schedule in New York, London, Rome, Monteal, Toronto, Berne, Bevaix, Mexico, Stockholm and Bruxelles. His works can be found in Museums through out France and in international private collections.