An official Navy artist, Michel Jouenne was also inspired by Mediterranean landscapes and the monuments and streets of Paris. A multidisciplinary painter, he successfully tried his hand at various techniques. A fervent lover of the South of France, he has his own museum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.


Michel Jouenne, the Parisian painter

Michel Jouenne was born in Boulogne-Billancourt. His mother was a decorator, and his father, an engineer. At the age of 14, while his friends were still playing marbles, he developed a passion for painting and produced his first work with soaked paint. In 1949, at the age of 16, he exhibited three gouaches at the Salon de Versailles, one of which won an award. At the age of 22, he passed the drawing educator exam of the City of Paris. The following year he produced his first oil paintings. In 1958, he was drafted in Kabylia for a year and two months. However, he did not stop practicing and made making pochades a type of sketch used in painting. The year 1969, he participated for the first time in the annual exhibition of “Painters Witnesses of their Time.” Numerous exhibitions followed in places such as the Salon d’Automne, the Salon des Indépendants, and the Salon des Artistes Français. He often received awards. In 1988, he was appointed General Commissioner of the Salon d’Automne. He was President of the Friends of the Salon d’Automne from 1990 to 1995.

Michel Jouenne, the accomplished artist

A prolific artist, painter, lithographer, illustrator, and sculptor, Michel Jouenne is part of this school of talent from the “Young Painters of the Fifties.” His work illustrates life, the natural beauty of the planet in landscapes filled with color. Each of his paintings reveals his joy in creating new works. He astonishes by his opaque and translucent materials, his large watercolored planes, and his luminous shimmers. His talent has been rewarded in many places. In 1987, he was made Knight of the Cultural and Artistic Merit, and Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1990. The following year, in 1991, he was appointed Official Painter of the Navy.

Michel Jouenne. His reputation

Michel Jouenne is known as much for his marine paintings as for his Mediterranean landscapes. He has produced several paintings depicting Paris: The Eiffel Tower, The Sacred Heart, The Cranes in Paris, or The Grand Palais. One-person shows are regularly organized in places like Paris, New-York, Abidjan, Noumea, Moscow, Tokyo, and Seoul. His work is part o the Estades Gallery permanent collection since 2009. It is on display at the four locations of the Estades Gallery, in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden.

Hervé Bazin, for which he illustrated the book “Qui j’ose aimer,” published in 1986 by Grasset, said of him: “Jouenne sings nature. Figuratively, he is never a slave of the subject he depicts”.

Michel Jouenne. The price of Michel Jouenne’s work

Artist Michel Jouenne’s value

Buying and selling art, understanding the prices of some artists’ works and their value is something that can seem somewhat opaque.

The price of a contemporary artist like Michel Jouenne is not only based on aesthetic criteria.
Other parameters are used to evaluate his value, such as the number of exhibitions in which he participated, the prestige and notoriety of the places where he exhibited, the number and name of his collectors. The price of an artist like Michel Jouenne is built over time.

A gallery owner contributes to the evolution of the artist’s value, notably by believing in the artist, sharing his work, his knowledge of the work, buying and selling his work as a meaningful part of art history.

Michel Jouenne. Estimating a work by Michel Jouenne

The evaluation of an artwork is a serious problem. Giving a price to an artwork is not obvious. Jouenne’ s work cannot be estimated as if it was an ordinary object.
How to evaluate the emotional values of an art object? Emotion should be taken into account. There are also direct criteria to look into.

Cost of material

The price of a sculpture varies according to whether it is made of wood, glass, bronze, clay, precious metal. Whether oil or water-based, paintings will not have the same price depending on the pigment’s quality or if they include gold leaf. The material used by the artist, therefore, has a market value.


Oil is a medium more valued than pastel or watercolor. Marble sculpture is more expansive than ceramics or clay. There are also elements of the complexity of the mastery of the materials.

Also necessary to evaluate artwork, the market in which the artist evolves, his influence, the visual quality of his work, the artist’s background, the work’s format, the time spent, the complexity of the subject to be treated.

An oil on canvas by Michel Jouenne sells between €4,000 and €18,000.

Michel Jouenne. Authenticating a work by Michel Jouenne

Do you own an artwork signed by Michel Jouenne? The signature is the first step in its authentication. Unfortunately, “signed” and “authenticated” do not necessarily add up because a signature can be reproduced.

Many artists like Michel Jouenne have their signature forged. A certificate of authenticity is required to sell the work on the art market and get the best price. An expert specializing in the artists’ work or a gallery owner needs to sign the certificate of authenticity.

Michel Jouenne. Buying or selling a work by Michel Jouenne

How to sell or buy work by Michel Jouenne? Some buyers will prefer private sales between individuals because they allow safe and confidential transactions. Others will see auctions as an opportunity to buy works of art at an interesting price, even if it is a process that requires substantial availability.

The Estades Gallery brings you the opportunity to acquire major works by Michel Jouenne, whether print, drawing, lithograph, oil on canvas, gouache, watercolour, or pastel. Beyond buying and selling art, the Estades gallery will offer you expert advice and guide you in your art investment, whether you are an enthusiastic amateur or a dedicated collector.

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Born janvier 1933

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