French abstract painter Claude Bellegarde was born in Paris in 1927. He studied drawing and sculpture at a private studio and then began to work independently. During the 1940s following the war Bellegarde became acquainted with the spiritualist Lanza del Vasto, a disciple of Gandhi, and studied the liberal philosophy of Krisnamurti. He first painted figurative pictures, followed by tachist works akin to Rorschach tests and then expressionistic abstract paintings. His first solo show was held at the Centre Saint-Jacques, Paris, 1952.