ANDRE VILLEBOEUF (French / 1893-1956)

The painter and etcher André Villeboeuf was born in Paris. He studied under Léon Detroy and Jean-Paul Laurens at the Beaux-Arts, Paris, and made his debut at the Salon des Indépendants in 1921, and subsequently became a committee member of the Salon des Tuileries. He was also a member of the Société des Peintres-graveurs français. Villeboeuf exhibited at the Galerie Devambez, the Galerie Marseille, and the Galerie Charpentier. Villeboeuf was commissioned to create a vast mural in the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, and also created costumes and sets for the Comédie-Française and the Odéon. In the 20s and 30s, André Villeboeuf was closely associated with his friends André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Jean-Baptiste Boussingault, Luc-Albert Moreau, and Louis Valdo-Barbey. Members of this group often exhibited together. Their work relied on graphic strength rather than vivid colour, and their essentially monochrome art was seen as a reaction to the violent colour of the Fauves. André Villeboeuf and Dunoyer de Segonzac collaborated with Édouard Vuillard on the book Cuisine in 1935; each artist contributed six original prints. Villeboeuf issued a number of portfolios of prints in severely limited editions, such as Novembre, containing 9 etchings in an edition of just 24 copies, and Lubies, containing 16 etchings in an edition of 26 copies. André Villeboeuf also illustrated a handful of books with original etchings, including his Surrealist masterpiece Contes fantastiques, published in an edition of 240 copies. These extraordinary aquatints, bitten numerous times to achieve subtle variations of shade, take us on a phantasmagorical journey that owes much to the etchings of Goya, to whose art Villeboeuf was deeply attached. The etchings in Lubies (Whims or Whimsies) are effectively Villeboeuf's artist response to Goya's Caprichos. André Villeboeuf died in Paradas, Spain, in 1956. In the same year he published the book Sérénades sans guitare, capturing his lifelong love of Goya and of Spain; the book was later published in English as Goya and Guitars. See: Pierre Mornand, André Villeboeuf, l’oeuvre grave; Mornand & Thomé, Vingt Artistes du Livre.

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Selected prints by ANDRE VILLEBOEUF

The path, c. 1950
The piano, 1944
Creation, 1944

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