AUGUSTE BROUET (French / 1872-1941)

Auguste Brouet was born in Paris to a poor family, who happened to live in the artistic quarter of Montmartre. Brouet was first apprenticed to a lithographic printer, and then to a maker of musical instruments. Despite his humble beginnings, Auguste Brouet struggled to become an artist. From the ages of 13 to 15 he attended evening classes in drawing run by Kignolet, and at the age of 16 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, studying first in the atelier of Élie Delaunay, and then in that of Gustave Moreau. From 1888 he studied etching with the master printer Auguste Delâtre. Auguste Brouet's etching style has often been compared to Rembrandt in his handling of light and shade. He was drawn to the subject of the street life of the Parisian poor, and also to scenes of night life, café-concerts, music halls, and above all the circus. Auguste Brouet was supported in the ups and downs of a hard-working career by his lifelong companion Frédéric Grégoire. There is a catalogue raisonné of his etchings by Geffroy, Auguste Brouet: catalogue de son oeuvre gravé.

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Selected prints by AUGUSTE BROUET

Vue de Rouen, 1922
Street in Toledo, 1928
Fishing boats, 1927

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