Paul-Théophile Robert

Switzerland / 1879 - 1954
Paul Théophile Robert came from a famous family of painters, reaching back to his great-uncle Léopold Robert. He received his first drawing lessons as a boy from his father Paul. In 1896-97 he studied under the English decorator Clement Heaton in Neuchâtel and 1898-99 with Vaud Eugène Burnand in Montpellier. His studies led him then to Florence and Paris.

In 1907 he returned to the homeland and was connected to the local art scene, repeatedly traveling to Switzerland and Germany. In 1918 Robert moved to Paris and became acquainted with Amédée Ozenfant, Le Corbusier, André Lhote and Gino Severini. At the beginning of the 1920s, with his participation in a number of important exhibitions in Paris, he made a breakthrough, followed by a contract with the prestigious Galerie Druet.

In 1930 he finally settled in Switzerland. Robert's oeuvre is characterized by an interest in classical composition. His landscapes, still lifes and portraits are close to the neoclassicism and reveal the influence of Cubism and Fauvism. Many still lifes were created under the lasting impression of Paul Cézanne's works, which he saw for the first time in 1904 at the Salon d'Automne.
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Suzan Hamer


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