Achille Laugé (French, 1861–1944) was a Neo-Impressionist painter born in Arzens. In 1882, he began his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts under the direction of French artists Alexandre Cabanel (1823–1889) and Jean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921). In Paris, he met artist Aristide Maillol (French, 1861–1944), with whom he shared a studio and maintained a life-long exchange and friendship. Laugé never followed his teachers’ methods and advice, and his work was considered radical for its time. Influenced by French Neo-Impressionist painters Georges Seurat (1859–1891), Paul Signac (1863–1935), and Camille Pissarro (1831–1903), Laugé adopted elements of their style without aligning himself with Seurat’s strict and scientific method. Laugé’s use of dots of color—or the Divisionist technique—evolved into a cross-hatching technique after 1896. By 1905, he had adopted looser and larger strokes with thick impasto, a style reminiscent of the more traditional Impressionist approach. Laugé exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1894, and later that year at the Salon de Toulouse, together with Fench artists Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), and Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940). Laugé’s Pointillist painting Devant la Fenêtre (1899), which was rejected from the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1900, is now in the Musée National D’Art Moderne’s permanent collection in Paris. Laugé’s work is held by several museums, including the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Timeline

1861
Born: Arzens, France
1876–1881
Attended the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Toulouse, France
1891
Married Marie Agnès Boyer
1894
Exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants (independent salon)
1944
Died: Cailhau, France

Exhibitions

2010
Achille Laugé : le point, la ligne, la lumière, Musée de la chartreuse de Douai, France (solo)
2009
Achille Laugé: le point, la ligne, la lumière, Musée des beaux-arts de Carcassonne ; Musée Petiet de Limoux, France (solo)
1990
Portraits pointillistes, Le Musée de l'Annonciade à Saint-Tropez, France (solo)
1969
Rétrospective Achille Laugé, Galerie Marcel Flavian, France (solo)
1967
Hammer Galleries, New York, NY
1966
Kaplan Gallery, London, UK
1963
Achille Laugé et Norman Adams, Galerie Roland Browse et Delbanco, London, UK
1961
Exposition rétrospective au Musée des Augustins de Toulouse, France
1958
Musée Petiet à Limoux, France
1927
Galerie Georges Petit, France
1907
Exposition de quelques dernières peintures d'Achille Laugé, Galerie Achille Astre, France (solo)

Literature

2009
Tamburini, Nicole. Achille Laugé : le point, la ligne, la lumière, Cinisello Balsamo (Milano) : Silvana, 2009 (catalogue)