Albert André

France / 1869 - 1954 / wikipedia
Albert André ( 24 May 1869 – 11 July 1954); French Post-Impressionist figurative painter. He produced portraits of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his closest friend, and Claude Monet.

Born in Lyon, he initially trained there designing patterns for silk.

Benjamin André Albert Marie, the well-known Post-Impressionist artist and painter of 'intimiste' interiors, still lifes and Parisian scenes... (

André spent his childhood vacations in Laudun where his family owned vineyards. At 20 he left for Paris where he studied painting at the Académie Julian. On the same course were Louis Valtat, Maurice Denis and Pierre Bonnard, and like them he began painting in a Post-Impressionist manner, using the colors, light and subject matter of the mainstream Impressionists but adding more expression and design. As early as 1894 André participated in the Salon des Indépendants where his 5 canvases won the admiration of August Renoir and were bought by the extremely famous and influential art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. From 1895 to 1901, he showed at a number of salons such as the Salon des Cent, the Salon des Indépendants, and the Exposition d’Art Nouveau. In 1904, he participated in the Salon de la Libre Esthétique in Brussels then, on the invitation of Paul Signac, in the Salon d’Automne. The Durand-Ruel gallery showed his works in one-man shows, a particular honour. Then in 1912, Albert André’s works were exhibited in New York and in 1913, he was one of the painters chosen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Libre Esthétique in Brussels, on the theme of an interpretation of southern France. The town of Laudun was always an inspiration for him, he painted mainly in his workshop directly from memory, as did his impressionist friends.... He returned to Paris in 1947 where he died on July 11, 1954 at 85 years old... (
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