LOUIS FAVRE

(French, 1892-1956)

STILL LIFE WITH A FISH AND TWO LEMONS

Oil on Canvas

15 x 21½  Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

 

Louis Favre, a self-taught painter, print maker, writer and inventor, spent most of his life in France and the Netherlands. He is known internationally for his labor-intensive technique. His works achieved great popularity, particularly in the Netherlands.  At a young age, he left for Paris to become a painter. While there, he met Gertrude Stein, who bought several of his paintings, and his connection with her increased his popularity in the United States. Favre later met the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, whose friendship significantly impacted his artistic development. The following year he worked in Cahors at the invitation of the French Minister De Monzie, and in 1924 he worked with an American friend in Vence, near Nice. In 1926, he discovered the old technique of Egyptian wax paint after many lengthy experiments.  With the support of the French government, Favre made his first trip to Morocco in 1927. He held his first major exhibition in Gallery 'Au Sacre de printemps' in Paris, where he was noticed by French art critic Waldemar George. In 1946, Favre decided to abandon painting and to devote all his energy to lithography in order to make ‘original’ works of art for a broad public. His first exhibitions with lithographs in Vienna and Berlin were almost immediately sold out. From 1947 onward, he illustrated bibliophile publications of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and Arthur Rimbaud’s poems for the Stols and Mouton & Co publishing companies that were based in The Hague. Pierre Janssen (the renowned Dutch art critic) praised him as being one of the first to rehabilitate the discarded technique of lithography, and the critic Jos de Gruyter (the later director of the Groninger Museum) wrote about him in Het Vaderland: ‘His colours are just as rich as those of a Gothic church window.’ In 1993, Louis Favre’s widow donated a collection of his lithographs and several drawings to the Groninger Museum.

 

Exhibitions:

Exposition 'Le Sacre du Printemps' (Paris 1927); Exposition in Lyon (1943); Victoria and Albert Museum (London 1948); The Redfern Gallery(New York 1951); Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Geneva 1952); Exposition Museum Boymans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, the Netherlands 1952);Cercle d'Echanges Artistiques Internationaux (1954); Exposition Milan (1954), Museum Gouda (the Netherlands 1955); Gallery Sagot-Le Garrec (Paris 1957); Expoisiton in Nantes (1958); Exposition Ville Annemasse (1960); Musée des Beaux Arts (Poitiers); Exposition British Museum (London); Galerie d'Art Contemporaine (Paris); Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem, the Netherlands); Groninger Museum (Groningen, the Netherlands 2005).

 

Reference:

Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Vol 5, p. 337, et al.; Davenport's Art Reference, 2007/2008 ed., p. 924;

 

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