Here's another discovery: Francois Brochet (born 1925) -- the pride of Auxerre --and a what a daring/thrilling thing: to put life-size polychrome wood sculptures into a French cathedral (or maybe it's only a chapel)
These pieces are very elegant/simple/expressive/linear --- in that great French tradition that runs from the Romanesque up through Matisse -- and that doesn't really seem to be shared by any other European country.
He also does -- what would you call them -- genre figures of ordinary people ? -- and I like these too.
But I'm not sure that his abilities are appropriate for nudes -- that seem to belong to a different artworld
He's also a painter..
and a graphic designer -- and if not a virtuoso in any of his media -- I certainly wish that the rest of 20th C. French art had joined him in looking for what is enjoyable and beautiful in life.