Artist: Francis Zimbeaux 5 artifacts total
Francis Zimbeaux (07/14/1913 - 03/06/2006)
Born in Paris, Francis Zimbeaux came to Utah in 1926. He was the son of Frank Zimbeaux, an American born artist who painted in France during the early part of the twentieth century. Frank met Utah landscape painter Henry Moser in Paris and their friendship led the Zimbeaux family to make Salt Lake City their home.
Frances Zimbeaux grew up surrounded by art, loving the paintings his father made. Though he watched his father’s struggle to make a living with his art, Frances could not resist following in his footsteps. He studied at the University of Utah and the Art Barn with teachers including Alvin Gittins and LeConte Stewart, but firmly believed that the training and influence he received from his father offered him the most important learning experience. Zimbeaux primarily painted landscapes, figures and abstract pieces and worked in many media including oils, pen and ink, watercolor and gouache. He is most well known for his decades-long fascination with the human form that led him from drawing and painting nudes from live models to the iconic nymphs that populate the imaginary world depicted in much of his work. An inveterate traveler and outdoorsman, his work was always inspired by his own experiences and his response to the beauty of nature. His art has been described as semi-abstract, tonealist, lyrical and romantic, and much of his work explores the harmonious, mystical world of his dreams. During his lifetime Zimbeaux’s work was featured in numerous one-man and group shows. He received many prizes and awards, and his paintings can be found in both private and public collections.