Othon Friesz

Othon Friesz ( born February 6, 1879 in Le Havre, France, † January 10, 1949 in Paris, actually Henri- Achille -Émile - Othon Friesz ) was a French painter. He is one of the most important representatives of modern painting and Fauvism in the first half of the 20th century.

Life and work

Henri- Émile - Othon Friesz Achille- elected as an artist, the names cut Othon Friesz. His parents encouraged his early picturesque ambitions. In 1892 Friesz began training at the École des Beaux- Arts in Le Havre as a student of Charles -Marie Lhuillier ( 1824-1898 ). There he met Raoul Dufy, and Georges Braque. Both he should maintain a lifelong friendship and business study tours.

1897 Friesz moved to Paris and studied until 1903 with a scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux -Arts in Paris under Léon Bonnat. Lived in Paris and Friesz worked for the rest of his life. He learned in Paris, the artist Henri Charles Manguin, Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, Charles Camoin and Camille Pissarro. The latter should most affect him artistically.

His first exhibition was in 1900 at the Salon of the Société des Artistes français in Paris. 1904 follows the participation in the Salon d' Automne in 1906 at the Salon des Independants. Othon Friesz began to paint at this time in the style of Fauvism.

Friesz traveled with his friends in 1911 and 1912, Portugal and Belgium, and Munich and Dusseldorf. This was followed by investments in exhibitions of the Berlin Secession in Germany, and in 1913 to participate in the famous Armory Show in New York City and an exhibition in Chicago. From 1912 to 1921 he was a professor at the Académie Moderne in Paris, from 1925. At the Académie Scandinave and from 1926 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere In 1937 he created, together with Raoul Dufy, the Palais de Chaillot at the World Exhibition in Paris.

Othon Friesz died in 1949 at the age of 69 years in Paris. He is buried in the Cimetière Montparnasse.

In 1959, some of his works were posthumously shown in the graphic department at documenta 2 in Kassel.