1919
Bernard Cathelin born on May 20th 1919 in Paris.
Son of Paul Cathelin and Madeleine Terrail.
Classical studies in the lycées Carnot and Janson de Sailly in Paris and the lycée Emile Loubet in Valence.
1939
Volunteer for service.
1945
Student for the next three years in the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (French National School for further studies in the Decorative Arts) and in the studio of Maurice Brianchon.
1947
Teacher until 1953 in the Preparatory Studio of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.
1948
French delegate to the first congress of the International Students Union in Prague. Trips to Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Jugoslavia, Bulgaria and Italy.
1950
Awarded the Blumenthal Prize.
1953
Awarded the Emily Loewe Prize.
1954
Marries Régine Steiner.
1957
Trip to Spain.
Exhibition at the Galerie Saint-Placide, Paris.
1958
Awarded the Othon Friesz Prize.
Exhibition at the Galerie de Montmorency in Paris.
Bernard Cathelin goes to New York for his one-man show at the David B. Findlay Gallery. The New York Herald Tribune features him on the cover of its Sunday supplement.
1960
Exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York.
1961
Exhibition at the Galerie Marcel Guiot, Paris.
1962
Exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York. Trip to Mexico, Peru and Brazil.
1964
Exhibition at the Galerie Marcel Guiot, Paris.
1966
Exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York. Trips to Mexico and Guatemala.
1967
Trips to the U.S.S.R. (Transsiberian).
Trip to Japan. Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.
Trip to Cambodia, Ceylon and India.
1968
Exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York.
Trips to Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil.
1969
Trip to the Netherlands.
1971
Exhibition at the Galerie de Paris, Paris.
1973
World tour : New York (exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery), San Francisco, Tahiti, Tokyo (exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery), Hong Kong, Burma, Nepal, India, Moscow (Zagorsk).
In July, creation of his first tapestry, “The Mexican Market” by Atelier 3, Paris.
1975
Exhibition at the Galerie de Paris, Paris (paintings).
Exhibition at the Galerie Marcel Guiot, Paris (tapestries and lithographs).
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo (water-colours).
1976
Trips to the united states (exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York), Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador.
Madeleine Cathelin-Terrail donation : Bernard Cathelin gives 50 lithographs to the Valence Museum in memory of his mother.
1977
Städtlische Galerie in der Unteren Schranne, Biberach an der Riss, West Germany (lithographs).
1978
Trip to Japan (exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo).
Trip to Belgium (exhibition at the BP Gallery, Antwerp).
Trip to the united states (exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York, a retrospective to mark his twenty years of collaboration with the gallery).
Trip to Saint Martin in the Leeward Islands, Caribbean.
Exhibition at the Galerie Marcel Guiot, Paris (lithographs).
1979
Exhibition at the Galerie Marcel Guiot, Paris (tapestries).
1980
Trip to New York, exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery.
Trip to Venezuela.
Exhibition in the Chapelle du Grand Couvent, Cavaillon, France (tapestries).
1981
Trip to Venice.
Exhibition at the Galerie François Ditesheim, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.
Exhibition in the Château de Vascueil, Normandy (tapestries).
1982
Stay on the Island of Kyushu in Japan to prepare the Haïkaï album.
Exhibition at the Yoshii gallery, Tokyo.
Exhibition at the BP Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium.
1983
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Paris. Presentation of the book featuring the Ten Haïkaï, E.F. Mourlot editions.
Exhibition at the Munson Gallery, Santa Fe (paintings and tapestries).
Exhibition at the David B. Findlay Gallery, New York.
Trip to Antigua, West Indies.
1984
Trip to Venice.
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.
Exhibition at the Galerie Pierre Hautot, Paris (tapestries and oils on paper).
1985
Trip to Venice.
Exhibition at the Pierre Gianadda Foundation, Martigny, Switzerland (paintings, lithographs and tapestries).
1986
Return to Mexico.
Exhibition at the Danis Stinson Gallery - Artfrance, Palm Springs, California (tapestries).
Exhibition at the BP Gallery, Antwerp and in Brussels, Belgium.
Exhibition at the Mazarine Gallery, Montreal, Canada (paintings, tapestries and lithographs).
1987
In June : major exhibition in the Château de Chenonceaux, France (paintings, tapestries and lithographs).
In October : exhibition at Artfrance, Paris (paintings).
In November : exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, in celebration of his 20 years of collaboration with the gallery (paintings).
Different exhibitions in Osaka, Kobe and Tokyo (paintings).
Exhibition at Artfrance, Paris (lithographs).
1988
Trip to the Grenadines, West Indies.
Art Expo, New York (lithographs and tapestries).
1989
Trip to Morocco.
Exhibition at Art London, an international art fair in London.
Exhibition at the Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (paintings, tapestries and lithographs).
Exhibition at the Gage Gallery, at Irving, Los Angeles.
Exhibition at the Hermann Gallery, Essen, West Germany (paintings, lithographs).
1990
In March : Exhibition at art London, (paintings) Exhibition at Art Expo, New York.
In October : Exhibition at the Galerie de Francony in Paris (lithographs).
Exhibition at La Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris Launching of the screen “White Roses for Paris”
In November : Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo (paintings).
Exhibition at the Printemps Ginza Gallery in Tokyo (lithographs, tapestries).
Exhibition at the Kintetsu Gallery in Osaka (lithographs, tapestries).
Throughout this period, Cathelin undertook many far-ranging trips leading through Mexico, Spain, Peru, India, Nepal, Colombia, Russia...
He returned to stay and work in those countries which stimulated his urge to paint : Latin America and especially Mexico, Japan, to where he returns regularly for his exhibitions, Tuscany and Venice in Italy and, more recently, Spain.
1991
In May : Exhibition at Art Expo, Chicago. In June : Poster “Hommage to the Drôme (I)” presented to the local authorities.
In October : Exhibition at Artfrance, Paris (oil on paper).
In November : Exhibition at the Printemps Ginza Gallery in Tokyo (tapestries, lithographs).
1992
In March : Edition of 8 lithographs to decorate the Shin Yokohama Prince Hotel with trip to Japan for the opening.
Exhibition at the Elysium Gallery in New York (tapestries, lithographs).
In June : Awarded the “Golden 26” by the French département of the Drôme.
In July : Elected painter for the Aix-en-Provence summer art festival (official poster) Exhibition at the Galerie de la Prévôté in Aix-en-Provence (paintings, lithographs).
In November : Exhibition of paintings at the Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo to mark his 25 years of collaboration with the gallery (1967-1992).
Trip to China.
1993
Creation of a poster for the 10th Tain l’Hermitage Wine Festival (presented to the Organizing Committee).
1994
March : Retrospective in the Daimaru Museum in Tokyo (a travelling exhibition of paintings, lithographs and tapestries).
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo (oils on paper).
April : Retrospective in the Daimaru Museum in Osaka Shinsaibashi, Japan.
May : Retrospective in the Daimaru Museum in Shimonoseki, Japan.
Exhibition in Paris - La Défense, Essec International Management Development (CNIT) by La Bouquinerie de l’Institut (monumental lithographs, tapestries).
November : Exhibition at Artfrance, Paris, of paintings on the theme of Rachel.
1995
January : Elected to the French Légion d’Honneur by the President of the Republic, Mr François Mitterrand.
March : Exhibition at the Trianon de Bagatelle, Paris, of tapestries woven by Atelier 3.
October : Exhibition at the Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver, Canada (paintings, lithographs and tapestries).
1996
June : Exhibition at the Seita Museum Gallery in Paris (lithographs)
October : Exhibition at la Bouquinerie de l’Institut in Paris (lithographs) Exhibition in Tenma-ya in Okoyama, Japan, organized by the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.
December : Creation of a new poster representing the Drôme, “Hommage to the Drôme (II)”, presented to the local authorities.
1997
April - May : Exhibition at Europ’Art, Geneva International Art Fair, together with the Salon du Livre (Book Fair), an event organized by Artfrance, Paris (paintings).
June : Retrospective in the Valence Museum, France (paintings, lithographs, tapestries) “CATHELIN, retrospective 1957-1997”.
October : Exhibition at Artfrance Gallery, in Paris (paintings).
November : Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, to celebrate his 30 years of collaboration with the gallery (paintings and tapestries).
1998
May : Exhibition of tapestries at The Alliance Française in Singapour.
June : Exhibition of recent lithographs at The Gallery of The Bouquinnerie de l’Institut in Paris, France.
October : Exhibition of tapestries at The Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, Japan.
1999
Exhibition of paintings, lithographs, tapestries at The Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.
Exhibition of paintings, lithographs, tapestries at The Philharmonic Center for Art in Naples (Florida), U.S.A.
2000
May - June : paintings exhibition at the Artfrance Gallery in Paris.
September - October : retrospective exhibition of Cathelin's paintings in the Shangai Art Museum (SAM), China.
2001
October - November : paintings exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo and in the Chirikaba Museum in Onomichi (Japan).
2002
May : Orangerie of the « Domaine de Madame Elisabeth » : Retrospective exhibition.
2003
February : exhibition at the Buschlen Mowatt Gallery in Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo Creation of a new poster representing the Drôme, “Hommage to the Drôme (III)”
2004
April : Bernard cathelin died in april.
December : Exhibition et the Gallery La Fleur du Rhône, Geneva, Switzerland.
2005
April : Exhibition « Hommage à Cathelin » at the Artfrance Gallery, Paris.
October - November : Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery in Paris
Exhibition at the Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo
2007
June - july : Exhibition at the Biberach's Museum (Germany)
june - september : Exhibition at Poët Laval in the Drôme (France)
Portrait de Bernard Cathelin

Bernard Cathelin was born in Paris in 1919. Throughout his life, he has maintained a deep-rooted love for his country and especially for the Drôme, from where his mother came. His mother, Madeleine Terrail, was born in the family property of Les Rebattières which has been in the family for several generations.

The Musée de Valence dedicated him a retrospective of his work in the summer of 1997. This exhibition by drewing local and worldwide visitors established a new frequentation record for the museum.

In 2000, the Shanghai Art Museum in China organised a retrospective exhibition presenting 40 years of Bernard Cathelin’s works.

Bernard Cathelin died out on April 17 2004, but great exhibitions are always dedicated to him in France, while others are in preparation across the world.