Pinal was born in 1881 at Bruyères-et-Montbérault,
a small village in the heart of the Aisne department. His
taste for drawing started at a very early age. As a child
he discovered the landscapes of the Marne River and Orxois.
His father was a civil servant and was in post successively in
Gandelu, Charly-sur-Marne and Meaux, which was his last assignment.
Fernand Pinal was an only child and to please his father he became
a senior civil servant. At the same time, he kept painting and
He became an illustrator of poetic and musical
magazines. Violinist and especially Cellist,
he played with different chamber and philharmonic orchestra.
He had a wide range of activities such as speaker, poet, comedian,
art critic, restorer of paintings, etc. and was a gourmet.
However painting and engraving remained the greatest passions
of his life.
Fernand Pinal was the friend of many painters
such as Eugène Buland, Gustave Valérian, and Le Sidaner.
On the 1st of August 1914, he was
drafted into the army and sent to Laon in an artillery battalion
but because of his small size and near-sightedness was sent back
to Paris to the telephone control commission. After the
first battle of la Marne every time he was on leave, he will go
to the Marne valley between Lagny and Meaux to paint. There
were many ruins in the valley and that was his main subject for
the time. The critics of the day named him "the painter
of the devastated region".
He was a member of: « le Salon des Artistes
français », « la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts du
Salon d'Hiver », « le comité des aquafortistes français »,
Fernand Pinal was faithful to his beloved country;
he died October 12th, 1958 in his studio at Romeny-sur-Marne.
Pinal's paintings can be found in the following
museums: Musée Franco-américain de Blérancourt, Musée de Laon,
Musée Jean de La Fontaine de Château-Thierry, Mairie d'Essômes-sur-Marne,
Mairie de Romeny-sur-Marne, Mairie de Charly-sur-Marne, Mairie
de Saint-Gengoulph, Musée Bossuet de Meaux, Musée Gatien-Bonnet
de Lagny-sur-Marne, Musée de Royan, Charente-Maritime, Musée de
la Ville de Paris.
Text translated from "Les peintres de
la vallée de la Marne, autour de l'impressionnisme" by Noël
Coret. Published by Casterman.