LOUIS VALTAT (French / 1869-1952)

The Fauve painter Louis Valtat was born in Dieppe, into a wealthy family, with a father - himself an amateur painter - who supported him in his art studies At the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, he studied in the ateliers of Boulanger, Lefebvre, and Harpignies, and possibly briefly in that of Gustave Moreau. At the Académie Julian, he made friends with fellow-students such as Bonnard, Vuillard, and his close friend Albert André. In 1895 Valtat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and André collaborated on the stage designs for an Indian drama, Chariots de terres cuites, staged at the théatre de l'Oeuvre. At his point Valtat was very close to the Nabis, but soon his experiments with violent colour were to mark him out as one of the principal Fauves. Louis Valtat's first retrospective was at the 1952 Salon d'Automne, organised by René Demeurisse. Later retrospectives include the Musée Galliera, 1956; the Fondation Ghez in Geneva, 1969; and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux in 1995. See: Raymond Cog, Louis Valtat, peintre fauve.

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Selected prints by LOUIS VALTAT

The bride's bouquet
(sanguine), 1945
The bride's bouquet, 1945

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