Paul Reynard (1927-2005), a French-born painter.
A direct student of Madame de Salzmann.
He was one of the most important figures in the teaching of the Gurdjieff Movements during the late 20th century.
Paul Reynard, a French-born painter who was active for more than three decades as an artist and teacher in New York, had five solo exhibitions at the Brewster Gallery in Greenwich Village during the 1970’s and 80’s, taught drawing at the School of Visual Arts from 1981 to 2002.
He was also a president of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York, which is dedicated to advancing the teachings of the Armenian-born mystic George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, who he worked with as a young man.
Paul Léon Reynard was born in Lyon on Oct. 3, 1927, and received his early training there with the painter Claude Idoux. Mr. Reynard later worked with Idoux on the famous windows of the Church of St.-Rémy in Baccarat, France, and, on his own, on stained-glass windows in churches throughout France and Germany.
In 1947, Mr. Reynard moved to Paris, where he studied under Fernand Léger at the École de Beaux-Arts, before coming to the United States in 1968. During the 1970’s, he painted a number of murals in the Northeast, including one at 100 Park Avenue in Manhattan and another at Harvard University.
Died at his home in Monsey, N.Y. He was 78.
Paul Reynard – the head of Work in America at Phoenicia NY
photo credit: Alan Francis