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OTHON FRIESZ (French / 1879-1949)

Henri-Achille-Émile-Othon Friesz was born in Le Havre, Normandy in 1879. In 1934 Raoul Dufy described Othon Friesz as “the most gifted painter of our generation”. Friesz and Dufy first met at the Lycée in Le Havre, and the two became lifelong friends. They studied together at the Beaux-Arts in Le Havre, and lived and worked together in Paris, where they studied at the Beaux-Arts alongside Matisse, Marquet, Rouault, Manguin, and Camoin. From 1905-1908 Othon Friesz rented a studio alongside Matisse. Already by December 1905 he was exhibiting alongside Derain, Matisse, and Vlaminck. Painting trips with Braque to Antwerp in 1906 and to La Ciotat in 1907 added to this mix of influences, and Othon Friesz became one of the leaders of the new Fauve movement. Under the influence of Cézanne and of Picasso, Othon Friesz moved away from the bright colours of Fauvism to a more austere and classical style, based on the simplification of line. In the 1920s he taught with Fernand Léger at the Académie Moderne. As a printmaker, Othon Friesz favoured lithography for its speed, flexibility and painterly qualities, although he also made etchings, wood engravings, and drypoints. We hold suites of the prints from the 1950 portfolio Dix Estampes, for Le Satiricon (1949), and for Le Livre de Job (also 1949). These three late projects by one of the great masters of 20th-century art serve as a triumphant summation of the themes that had obsessed him throughout his career. His nudes recall the odalisques of Matisse; his landscapes recall Cézanne; but Othon Friesz is always recognisably himself. Following the exhibition Braque-Friesz at the Musée de Lodève in 2005, the summer of 2007 sees the first chance for a generation to re-assess the career and contribution of Othon Friesz, from his first Impressionist works under the influence of Armand Guillaumin and Camille Pissarro, to his Fauve period, through to the Cézanne-influenced works of his mature years, in the retrospective exhibition Othon Friesz: Le Fauve Baroque. This major retrospective at the Musée d'art moderne de Céret features 150 works by Othon Friesz. See: David Butcher et. al., Othon Friesz: Le fauve Baroque (2007); Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Othon Friesz 1879-1949 (2006); Robert Martin Émile Othon Friesz: L’Oeuvre Peint (1995); Maximilien Gauthier Othon Friesz (1957); Judi Freeman The Fauve Landscape (1990).

See also:

JULES CAVAILLÈS
CHARLES CAMOIN
ANDRÉ DERAIN
RAOUL DUFY
FERNAND LÉGER
HENRI CHARLES MANGUIN
ALBERT MARQUET
HENRI MATISSE
AUGUSTE OLEFFE
GEORGES ROUAULT
MAURICE DE VLAMINCK

Selected prints by OTHON FRIESZ

Enfants, 1949
Lithograph
Arbres, 1949
Lithograph
Nu de dos, 1949
Lithograph

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