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Alfred Georgres REGNER, french painter engraver

Tête de mort - aquarelle
1915 - 1918
REGNER's parents, traumatized by the death of their oldest son, make him doubt his intellectual abilities and steer him towards painting. They enroll him in "L'Ecole régionale des Beaux-Arts d'Amiens" (the Regional Fine Arts School of Amiens) where he studies for three years. In 1918, his father dies of the Spanish Flu and his mother returns to Calais, his native city, where he enrolls in "L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts". He also becomes a technical lace designer which fixed in his memory strong images of skein, threads and weaving and their resultant interlacings, garlands, leaves and flowers.