François Dupré

French, 1888-1966 Biography

François Dupré was a French, hotelier, art collector, and owner of the thoroughbred horse breeding and racing farm, Haras d'Ouilly. He was a grandson of the painter Jules Dupré.

Dupré served in the French Army during World War I. Seriously wounded during battle, he was hospitalized for a considerable length of time. He went on to a career in business that saw him become the owner of two luxury hotels in Paris, the prestigious Hotel George V, Paris and the Hotel Plaza Athenée. In addition, in 1947, Dupré acquired the Hotel Ritz in Montreal, Canada.

In 1937, while traveling by passenger liner across the Atlantic, Dupré met twenty-five-year-old Anna Stefanna Nagy who would become his second wife.

Paris Street Scene

Oil on canvas
23 ½ x 29 ½ inches
Signed lower right

This charming Paris street scene is painted in the tradition of Cortes, Galien Laloue, Luigi Loir, and Antoine Blanchard in its rendering of detailing the life of Paris. The details of the fashion of the day, the kiosk, the lamp post, the horse drawn carraige, and the beautiful Parisian architecture in the painting recreates Paris in that era.