Jean Llareus

Obituary of Jean Llareus

Jean Lareuse (aka Jean LLAREUS), 91, of Princeton, NJ and Prats-de-Mollo, France, passed away peacefully at University Medical Center of Princeton on Friday, June 17, 2016. Jean was an accomplished and world-renowned artist from the South of France who moved to the United States to marry his beloved wife, Caroline.

Jean was born of Catalan parents in French Guinea, West Africa on February 24, 1925. He was educated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He had over 50 one-man shows including ones in London, Caracas, Montreal, New York, Princeton (NJ), Washington (DC), Palm Beach (FL), Birmingham (ALA), and Lexington (KY). His work was exhibited most notably at the Biennale of Menton and the Salon D'Automne. He had his first show in 1948 at Galerie Ariel in Paris, at the age of 23, and his last, a tribute to sacred religious art, at the Château Royal in Collioure, France, March 2016. He received the coveted Prix du Président de la République Francaise for his work in 1955 and his paintings have been acquired by several museums. In 1968, he began a life-long devotion to decorating the Chapel Saintes Juste et Ruffine in Prats-de-Mollo, France, with large religious murals and beautiful stained glass windows. Jean is also famous for painting thoroughbred race-horses, still lifes, sailboats, and fanciful nuns. Inspired by the Impressionists, his work is filled with light and "joie de vivre". He was the author of one children's book, Devils in the Castle, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1979. He also authored L'Amérique La Magnifique, an auto-biographical social commentary on living in the United States, which was self-published in 2002.

Jean will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his sense of humor and infectious laughter, his indomitable spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity, and his unfailing "joie de vivre".

Jean is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Caroline, his three children, Jean-Francois, Jean-Michel and Laurence, and his eight beloved grand-children: Alexandra, Jean-David Jessica, Marie Claire, Sean, Mason, Caroline and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister, Anne-Marie, and her husband, Daniel Mitton, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Andrée, and her husband, Tony Marco, and his brother-in-law, David Look, and his wife, Charlotte Cleveland.

A Memorial Service honoring his life will be held 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in the Marquand Chapel at Princeton University Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton, NJ 08542.

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