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Neither forgotten nor unknown, Etienne Cournault is a secret artist. Born in Lorraine, he and his friend Jean Prouvé and Jean Lurçat belong to the heirs of the Ecole de Nancy trained in graphic arts as well as applied arts.
Born in Nancy, Etienne Cournault studied painting and engraving before settling in Paris in 1921, when he developed the technique of painting on glass. In 1928, Jacques Doucet, patron and collector, noticed his work and ordered many decorated plaques and glass pieces meant to decorate his studio in Neuilly. Thanks to him, Cournault was able to mix and collaborate with many artists of that time such as Pierre Legrain or Rose Adler. His poetical style could sometime stretch to surrealism.