Lot n° 41
1500 - 2000 EUR
Result with fees
André LHOTE (1885-1962)
La leçon de tennis, 1933
Watercolor on paper, signed lower right
24 x 19.5 cm (à vue) - 9 ½ x 7 5/8 in. (by sight)
André Lhote was born in 1885 in Bordeaux into a modest family. At a very young age, he began an apprenticeship at the Atelier Courbaterre, specialising in ornamental wood carving. In 1899, the artist took decorative art courses at the Bordeaux Academy of Fine Arts. He developed a passion for painting and left his parental home to rent an attic with his classmates in order to devote himself solely to the practice of his art. In 1907, André Lhote left his home town for Paris and exhibited his works for the first time at the Galerie Eugène Druet. The artist was interested in the practice but also in the theoretical foundations of art. This art critic publishes numerous articles in the Nouvelle Revue Française, a newspaper he co-founded.
In 1913, he exhibited three works at the Salon des Indépendants. He then participated every year in the Salon d'Automne in Paris. André Lhote won several prestigious prizes such as the Grand Prix National de Peinture in 1955. He also creates his own school, which is located rue Odessa, in Paris, in the artists' district in Montparnasse. The students of the Academy are Henri Cartier Bresson, Dora Maar and Hans Hartung.
The Musée national d'art moderne de la ville de Paris devoted a magnificent retrospective to him in 1957.
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