Artist biographies

Albert Marquet

Albert Marquet (1875-1947) left his native city of Bordeaux at the age of fifteen to study in Paris, at institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts. He became good friends with Matisse with whom he worked on the decorations of the Grand Palais for the 1900 Exposition Universelle. In 1905 Marquet contributed work to the group exhibition at the Salon d’Automne. As a result he is often considered a Fauve, although his colours and compositions are generally more tranquil and subdued. Marquet travelled extensively, through Europe and North Africa, painting numerous city scenes, seascapes and harbour views. In many of these works the reflection of light on water plays a major role. Marquet also produced a number of figure paintings, including female nudes. When he was not travelling, Marquet lived and worked in Paris, where he regularly painted pictures of the view over the water and the banks of the Seine from his studio. During the Second World War the artist lived in Algeria. He subsequently returned to France where he died suddenly of cancer in 1947.

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