Louis Valtat  (French, 1869-1952) 

Louis Valtat (French, 1869–1952) was a French painter, straddling the stylistic transition from Impressionism to Fauvism. Valtat was born in Dieppe in the Normandy region of France, and moved to Paris at age 17 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He continued his studies at Academie Julian in Paris, meeting fellow students Albert André (French, 1869–1954), Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947), and Édouard Vuillard (French 1868–1940), calling themselves Les Nabis. He was awarded the Jauvin d’Attainville prize in 1890, and presented his first show at the Salon of Independent Artists in 1893. His early work consisted mainly of street scenes, painted with classic Impressionist and Pointillist techniques of rapid brush strokes and intense color. In 1894, he collaborated with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1862–1901) creating set designs for the Parisian theatre L’Œuvre.

Valtat suffered from tuberculosis, and beginning in 1900, traveled often to the Spanish and French Mediterranean for its favorable climate. There, he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) and Paul Signac (French 1863-1935), famously collaborating on a bust of Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) with Renoir. This time marked increased experimentation in Valtat’s style, and his work was included in the famous Salon d’Automne in 1905, where the term Fauvism was first coined to describe the new artistic trend of bold coloration. Valtat returned to Paris full time in 1914, continuing to paint landscapes and works inspired by his garden. He was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1927. His work is included in the collections of the Hermitage Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Musée d’Orsay, among others.

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Louis Valtat, JEUNE FEMME au CHIEN et au CHAT


Louis Valtat

Galerie Rienzo
Louis Valtat, Son père en train de lire


Louis Valtat
Son père en train de lire
circa 1895

Waterhouse & Dodd
Louis Valtat, La Flambée (les enfants Bompart)


Louis Valtat
La Flambée (les enfants Bompart)
circa 1899

Waterhouse & Dodd
Louis Valtat, Les Barques au Port


Louis Valtat
Les Barques au Port

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Louis Valtat, Le Boulevard au Mur Rose


Louis Valtat
Le Boulevard au Mur Rose

Linda Bernell Gallery
Louis Valtat, Mère et enfant sur la plage


Louis Valtat
Mère et enfant sur la plage

Louis Valtat, Fleurs dans un vase


Louis Valtat
Fleurs dans un vase
circa 1905

Louis Valtat, Promeneuse au bord de la mer


Louis Valtat
Promeneuse au bord de la mer
circa 1903

Louis Valtat, Paysage du Midi


Louis Valtat
Paysage du Midi

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Louis Valtat, Villaggio di pescatori


Louis Valtat
Villaggio di pescatori
oil on masonite


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Louis Valtat, Arbres en fleurs, Cagnes


Louis Valtat
Arbres en fleurs, Cagnes, 1905
oil on canvas


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Louis Valtat, Compotier des fruits...


Louis Valtat
Compotier des fruits..., 1898
oil on canvas, relined


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1869   Born: in Dieppe, France
1886   Started studying at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
1890   Received the Jauvin d'Attainville prize
1894   Achieved a scenery for the theater “l’Oeuvre” in collaboration with Toulouse Lautrec
1927   Named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
1952   Died: in Choisel, France
2010   Louis Valtat (1869-1952, Musée Brayer, Les Baux de Provence, France (solo)
2007   Flowers and The Still Life, Soufer Gallery, New York, NY
2000   Les Années Fauves, 1904-1908, Fundacio Caixa Catalunya, Barcelone, Spain
1999   Les Fauves et la Critique, Palais Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
1995   Louis Valtat (1869-1952), Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France (solo)
1977   Louis Valtat, Galerie de Paris, Paris, France (solo)
1976   Les Fauves, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1974   Le Peintre et sa Palette, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
1970   Le Grenier à Sel, Honfleur, France
1968   Les Fauves et les Expressionnistes, Galerie Hutton, New York, NY
1967   Autour du Fauvisme : Valtat et ses Amis, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, France
1966   Matisse et ses Amis, Kunstverein, Hambourg, Germany
1965   La Cage aux Fauves, Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Kyoto, Japan
1963   Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Nantes, France
1962   Les Fauves, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France
1959   Retrospective, Musée du Château, Dieppe, France (solo)
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France
1956   Palais Galliera, Paris, France
1954   Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France
1953   Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, France
Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
1951   Le Fauvisme, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
1922   Galerie Druet, Paris, France
1920   Galerie Royale, Bruxelles, Belgium
1913   Salon Octave Mirbeau, Paris, France
1912   Galerie Druet, Paris, France
Galerie La Cave, Paris, France
Galerie Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France
1908   Moskva Tretyakov Galerie, Moscow, Russia
1906   Kunst Salon Ersnt Arnold, Dresde, Germany
1903   Gebaüde der Secession, Vienna, Austria
Salon d’Automne, Grand-Palais, Paris, France
1900   La Libre Esthétique, Bruxelles, Belgium
Galerie Ambroise Vollard, Paris, France
1899   Galerie Durand Ruel, Paris, France
1896   Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France
1894   Salon des Cent, Paris, France
1893   Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France
  Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain