925 The War. Marcel Gromaire l (1892-1971) studied classically at Douai, then law which he abandoned When the war began he spent the next six years in the army and was wounded. After the war Gromaire returned to Paris and worked in a studio. A meeting with the collector, Dr. Girardin, established his career as an artist. He painted many works on social subjects, and is often associated with Social Realism.