Albert Marquet

Albert Marquet ( born March 27, 1875 in Bordeaux, † June 14, 1947 in Paris) was a French painter. He is considered the co-founder of Fauvism.

Life and work

Marquet began his artistic training already with 15 years in Paris studying at the School of Applied Arts. In this time he met Henri Matisse, with whom joined him since 1892 a lifelong friendship. In 1895 he moved to the Ecole des Beaux -Arts.

Marquet and Matisse worked together in 1900 on the decorations for the Grand Palais of Paris World Exhibition. In 1905, he presented at the Salon d' Automne together with Maurice de Vlaminck, André Derain, Henri Matisse and other artists. The exhibition led to a scandal that the art critic Louis Vauxcelles for coining the term " Fauvism " inspired. From this time, the first paintings of the artist that corresponded entirely to the sense of style of the new art direction with their decorative, strong colors come.

From 1906 Marquet undertook extended trips through Europe, among other things, he visited France, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. From 1940 to 1945 he lived in Algiers. Only after he returned to Paris.

The long lives in Paris, Russian writer Ilya Ehrenburg describes the diminutive painter as simple and modest. " The comforts of life were completely indifferent to him. " He had been close to communist ideas, but want to know anything about politics. " At his pictures amazes the sparseness of the means of expression; they are difficult in their simplicity, artful in its simplicity heart. A little gray, blue and green - and the world lives on. "

Some of Marquet's works were shown posthumously at the documenta II (1959) and the documenta III in Kassel in 1964.


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