André Lhote (French, 1885–1962) was a painter, sculptor, critic, and educator, known for his figure paintings, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Born in Bordeaux, Lhote studied decorative sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts there between 1898 and 1904. In 1905, he began painting, and a year later, moved to Paris. Though initially executed in a Fauvist style, his later works would take on a distinctly Cubist quality. In 1912, Lhote joined the Section d'Or group of artists.

The artist was not only concerned with the act of painting but also its theoretical foundation, cofounding the journal Nouvelle Revue Française, in which he published his critical thoughts on art over the next 23 years. After serving in the First World War, Lhote briefly taught at the Académie Notre-Dame des Champs and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, before establishing his own school in Montparnasse in 1922. His theoretical approach to art attracted a wide audience, and he lectured extensively throughout France, as well as in Belgium, England, Italy, Egypt, and Brazil.

In 1955, the artist received a Prix National de Peinture. The UNESCO commission for sculpture appointed Lhote president of the International Association of Painters, Engravers and Sculptors. Numerous international exhibitions were held during his lifetime, including a show at the Mussée d’Art Moderne in 1957.

Today, his works are part of the collections of institutions around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux in France.

Timeline

1885
Born in Bordeaux, France
1897
Apprenticed to local furniture maker to be trained as wood sculptor
1898–1904
Studied decorative sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1914
Joined the French Army
1917
Discharged from the army
1918–1920
Taught at the Academie Notre Dame de Champs, Paris, France
1922
Founded Academie Montparnasse (art school), Montparnasse, France
1952
Opened a second branch of the Académie Montparnasse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1955
Awarded the Grand Prix National de Peinture, Paris, France
1962
Died in Paris, France

Exhibitions

2010
El Cubismo - Cubism and its context - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
2009
Un siècle de paysages sublimés - Céret, 1909-2009, Musée d'art moderne de Céret, Céret, France
De Courbet à Picasso, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, France
El cubismo y sus entornos, Centro Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Peru
Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
2008
El Cubismo y sus entornos en las colecciones de Telefónica, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - MNBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007
Maestri del XX Secolo-Opere Scelte, Galleria Torbandena, Trieste, Italy
RUGBY - les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
Los tiempos del Cubismo - Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid, Spain
Modern and Contemporary Landscapes, Forum Gallery-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Un Regard Fauve - Listasafn Islands, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
El Cubismo y sus entornos en las colecciones de Telefónica, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid, Spain
Cabinet de dessins et de peintures - Atelier contemporain - Photographies - Galerie Aittouarès, Paris, France
2005
El cubismo y sus entornos en las colecciones de Telefónica, MNAC Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Syncopation - André Lhote, Louis Marcoussis, and the Cubist Print, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
2000
Retrospective, Agence Galerie, Clermont l'Hérault, France (solo)
1982
André Lhote and Finland, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland (solo)
1962
Exposition Andre Lhote, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France (solo)
1958
Andre Lhote, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (solo)
1912
Salon de le Section d'Or, Galerie de la Boetie, Paris, France
1910
Galerie Druet, Paris, France (solo)

Public Collections

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Tate Britain, London, UK
Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris, France
Musée Malraux, Le Havre, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France