Gen Paul (Eugene Paul) (French, 1895–1975) was born and raised in the bohemian atmosphere of Montmartre. Paul was a self-taught artist who began to draw and paint at an early age. He was directly and clearly influenced by the many avant-garde artists who worked in, and were attracted to, the vibrant and creative spirt of Paris at that time. This is especially appreciated in his early works. Under the inspiration and guidance of the artists he was familiar with in Montmartre, especially Juan Gris and Jean Dufy, he began to develop a unique style—a dynamic form of expressionism.
Gen Paul received no formal training as an artist and yet was able to support himself making art for almost sixty years. He traveled to the United States and his fascination with jazz, and with other subjects that reflected his passion for life, became evident in his works.
Gen Paul exhibited in 1920 at the Salon des Independents in Paris. In 1928, he exhibited fifty paintings at the Galerie Bing & Cie with Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, and Chaim Soutine. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French goverment in 1934.