After his experience during the War where he was the Army painter in the Dardanelles expedition in 1915, he befriended the Futurists and was invited by Marinetti to exhibit in Rome in 1920. He integrated movement and speed into his paintings and created a series on sport (Rugby, Tennis, Rowing, Boxing), means of transport (the Automobile, the Locomotive, the Transatlantic, the Hydroplane) and cities of which he gave "expressions".
In 1949, he wrote about this painting in his autobiographical notes: "The year of 1927 saw the birth in Algeria of the Voyage en chemin de Fer (Railroad trip) which marked class struggle [...]. This painting was more an evocation of my social concerns (difference in classes)." Continuing to paint and write until his death in 1960, he dedicated the last period of his life to the creation of a cine-painting film Symphonie Printanière and the relationship between art and cinema.
Didier Vallens, the painter's nephew, President of the Henry Valensi Association www.musicalisme.fr
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