Paul-Alex Deschmacher was born in Roubaux in the north of France in
Deschmacher was recognized early for his talents, he won a rare gold
medal in the capitol of Flanders. He was awarded a grant to study in
Paris at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts; his first particapation at the
Salon d’Automne was while he was still a student there. Though
his grant was for four years he was only able to stay for two years.
He wanted to join the army but was rejected, he had very poor eyesight
and wore glasses.
Deschermacher returned to Roubaix, and remained there during the war.
He was offered a position at l’Ecole Nationale des Arts et Industries
Textile de Roubaix. He had been a student there not long before, he
brought to his position his more modern Paris experience.
Deschmacher’s first gallery exhibition was at Allard Galerie in
Paris in 1924. He exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries beginning in
1927 and he also exhibited at the Salon d’Automne. He lived and
worked for fifty years in a spacious apartment in Montmartre, not far
Deschmacher was a modernist and a dreamer, his subjects and compositions
were well fitted to Art Deco Paris between the wars. Classical yet modern,
colorful yet composed; he created a certain lyrical mood. His women
were strong, goddess like, often they peered back at the observer.
The Musée de Roubaix mounted a retrospective of his paintings
in 1986. The exhibit included over two hundred works, and shows a style
and depth that give credit to the accomplishments of the artist.