Une vie sans concession
A life without compromise
Dewane’s artistic training is multi-dimensional] and starts early. He plays the violin from the age of 6, an early artistic pursuit which will without doubt informs his later taste for codified abstract structures. He then studies architecture at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts which introduces him to spatial and large scale creation. In the end however, the overwhelming aesthetic shock he experiences when discovering Kandisky and Mondrian artworks induces him to choose painting.
The Esquisse Gallery is first to exhibit his works in 1941. Four years later, committed to abstraction art together with Arp, Hartung, Poliakoff and Staël, he is honoured with Kandinsky prize at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (1945). The René Drouin Gallery hosts his works in 1946.
He resigns from the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in 1949 however, disagreeing with its restrictive aesthetic orientation. A pioneer artist, he then founds the Atelier de l’Art Abstrait (Abstract Art Studio) with Edgard Pillet, prompting a rebirth of the geometric abstraction genre. The studio becomes a meeting ground for young painters from the international art scene and plays a major role in raising the profile of Dewasne’s works in the whole world.
1952 and 1968 Venice Biennales exhibit his works. Dewasne leaves a significant body of work of large, ambitious, monumental pieces
He is elected at the Beaux Arts Academy in (1991).