Born in Kosovar, Transylvania to Hungarian parents on March 22, 1912, Francois Gall was supported by the government in his early art education through a scholarship awarded to him. He began studying all media at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rome while working in menial jobs to secure a living after which he came home to teach. He moved to Paris and headed for the l’Ecole Nationale de Beaux-Arts in 1936. Once exposed to the light and color of the Impressionists, he was forever changed as an artist.
Six years later, Francois Gall established himself in Paris and became a student of Devambez at the National Academy of Fine Arts. Francois Gall greatly admired the first generation impressionist and adopted their concepts for his own interpretations. Parisian scenes and portrayals of women engaged in typically feminine activities were among his preferred subjects. Francois Gall is a modern impressionist, bringing to this most enduring style, his own unique personality. He gained his French citizenship in 1945.
He won his first award in the Paris Salon in 1947. The accolaides and honors continue for more than 30 years, as he was given the highest French recognition bestowed upon an artist – the Chevalier dans ‘Odre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of France in Arts). Besides Paris, in his lifetime, Gall exhibited in New York, London, Rome, Montreal, Toronto, Berne, Bavaix, Mexico, Stockholm and Bruxelles.
In 1963, he was honored with the Francis Smith Prize. He died December 9, 1987.
Musèes de la Ville de Paris
Musèe de l’Union Francaise a Versailles
Musèes à Budapest
Musèe de l’Art Moderne de Vienne
Salon des Independants
Salon des Tuileries
Salon d’AsnieresGalerie des Beaux-Arts
E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres