ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

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ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

L'Anse des Pilotes, le Havre, 1934
Huile sur panneau, signée en bas à droite
32 x 41.5 cm - 12 ½ x 16 3/8 in.
Oil on panel, signed lower right

Collection de madame Lucie Druet
Collection privée, offert par le précédent propriétaire
Vente Tajan, 27 octobre 1997
Collection privée, France

The work that we present to you today is entitled «L'Anse des Pilotes, le Havre, 1934» and represents a view of a port area. This is an essential theme in Marquet's work. Painter of modern landscapes of the 20th century, he illustrates here the modernity of this Normandy port with cranes, lamp­posts... Influenced by the fauve movement, we find in his compositions bright colors inherited from this artistic movement. In addition to the composition the use of clear, simplified lines and a remarkable perspective.

​​​​​Coming from a modest family, Albert Mar­quet is a French painter born in 1875 in Bordeaux. He was attracted to art from a very young age, and entered the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1892. He met Henri Matisse there, who took him under his wing. Shortly afterwards, the two artists returned to the Beaux-Arts de Paris and attended Gustave Moreau's studio. Moreau encouraged him to go to museums to learn how to observe and copy the old masters. In this establishment, he met the artists Charles Camoin and Henri Manguin who remained his companions throughout his life. His classical training did not exclude his keen interest in the Impressionists. Their way of representing and studying landscapes and light fasci­nated and inspired him deeply. Throughout his career, the study of landscapes remains his favorite subject, however, he distances himself from their artistic techniques and appropriates himself the genre. The Salon d'Automne of 1905 was a turning point in his career. He exhibited there with the group of artists who would soon be called the «fauvists», of which Matisse was the leader. As an independent and creative artist, he gradually moved away from them to build his own style. From Fauvism, he will keep the pure colors, the simplified forms, and the synthesis of the composi­tion. Other influences also come to build the singular artistic identity of the painter, like japanism, or symbolism. Marquet is attached to represent the essential, he seeks the harmony of a perfect balance. During his career, the painter has travelled extensively. Normandy, Norway, Maghreb... many destinations that formed the eye of Marquet. The latter strives to represent the landscapes he has travelled through. His talent is definitely recognized. He knows a certain success during his life, and exhibits in several places in Europe and outside. The artist died in 1947 in Paris.
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