Portrait of Charles Trenet pencil 20.5 x 16.5cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/2in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995
Charles Trenet (1913-2001) started his career as a singer as half of the duo known as "Charles and Johnny", touring the musical clubs of Paris in the 1930s, notably Le Boeuf sur le Toit, where he met Cocteau, Josephine Baker and Max Jacob (see lots 1, 28 and 29) who's surrealist style was to be a great influence on Trenet's music. After a short stint in the military at the start of World War II, Trenet returned to Paris to entertain the occupying troops. After the war he moved to the US, before returning to France, where for the next 50 years he performed with great success. His 1946 song, La Mer was an instant hit, and was used by Bobby Darren as the basis for his song Beyond the Sea.