Jean Fusaro is a figurehead of the Lyon School. His fluid style and perfect mastery of colour hasve earned him success in both France and overseas. More suggestive than expressive, his paintings invite us to reflect on, listen to and feel the mood of the times.


Jean Fusaro. His training

Jean Fusaro was born in Marseille. He spent his youth at La Croix-Rousse and lives today in Lyon. His parents loved theatre, concert, and opera. They used to take their sons to visit Lyon’s museums every Sunday afternoon.

Jean Fusaro studied at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon from 1941 to 1946. He got acquainted with André Cottavoz and Jacques Truphémus, among others. In 1948, he exhibited for the first time at the Chapel of the Lycée Ampère in Lyon with the Sanziste group, including his friends André Cottavoz, James Bansac, Jacques Truphémus, and Pierre Coquet.
Sanzism, an art expression between figurative and abstract, wanted to decompartmentalize traditional art and reject impressionism, fauvism, and cubism. Hence its provocative name “sansisme”.

In the early years of the new French figurative painting, Jean Fusaro was busy but struggled. These were times of hardship, and he had to take on odd jobs.

Jean Fusaro. His style

Gradually, his notoriety increased, and he received numerous awards.
He was a quintessential artist in what is referred to as “L’Ecole de Lyon” alongside André Cottavoz and Jean Couty. In 1953, he received the Fénéon prize, and in 1957, the prize of the city of Marseille.

Since the end of the 1990s, Jean Fusaro has been part of the Estades Gallery’s permanent collection. His work is exhibited in the four sites of the Gallery, in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.

His ethereal style of soft, barely glazed colors is popular in Japan. His work has been exhibited regularly since the 1970s. Internationally renowned artist Jean Fusaro’s art has been shown in various countries: Switzerland, Luxembourg, England, and the United States. From 1990 to 2010, he dedicated himself to mural painting, creating 19 wall paintings for the Church of Saint-Jacques-des-Arrêts in the Lyon diocese.

Jean Fusaro. His work

Jean Fusaro is an indisputable master of French figurative painting. His technique is reminiscent of Raoul Dufy or Pierre Bonnard.

He interprets landscapes with a mainly new range of colors. André Cottavoz said he has a smooth and exquisite technique. He is anti-decorative, that is to say, that there is not a color not being a function of light. His romantic oils on canvas reveal a joyous world with a certain innocence and a feeling of tension emerging in tormented skies or threatening suns.

In November 2017, Jean Fusaro, young and playful as ever, was awarded the medal of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Jean Fusaro. His value

Jean Fusaro. Estimate

Setting an artwork price can be a real dilemma. One does not set the price of an original Jean Fusaro as one would estimate the price of a loaf of bread or an electric bicycle.

Lacking any practical viewpoint, how can one evaluate an art object and its potential to identify talent, emotion, and character? Some argue that the value of an artwork is, therefore, relative and subjective. However, there are also certain realities helping estimate the work of a contemporary artist like Jean Fusaro. Furthermore, they are quite detailed :

  • Material cost.
  • Technique
  • The market in which the artist operates
  • Visual quality
  • The artist’s career path
  • Format
  • Time spent
  • The complexity of the subject

An oil on canvas by Jean Fusaro sells between €4,000 and €35,000, a pastel between €3,000 and €8,000

Jean Fusaro. Authentication

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Jean Fusaro. Buy or sell an artwork by Jean Fusaro

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