Alain Maillot is a visual artist, who was born and brought up in France, like other well-known artists such as Jean-Yves Jouannais, Varatharajan Leo, Jacques Roch, Georges Maurice Cloud, and Lugosi Mïrka.
Historical Context of France
France has been an influential country in the development of modernism. During the nineteenth century, France established the beginnings of what is today known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, originating vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements blossomed at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Dominant French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst many of others.