Albert Marquet was a prolific French painter and illustrator who was also a member of the Fauves and a close friend of Henri Matisse. He is known for his landscapes, portraits, and a palette knife to apply thick paint in large areas. Like other Fauvist painters, the color and light in his paintings are vibrant.
What did Albert Marquet do?
Marquet lived in Paris with his wife and child. He liked to spend time outdoors near the Seine River. He painted many of his works there.
From 1899 to 1901, he worked as an illustrator at the magazine L’ Illustration. He worked for many other magazines as well. In 1902, he had the first exhibition of his paintings at the Galerie Rosenberg.
His work was viral and sold quickly. He was very successful over the next six years and became one of the leading artists of his time in Paris.
In 1907, Marquet moved to Venice, Italy, where he lived for four years. The city greatly inspired him. He painted many landscapes and cityscapes from this time.
The colors in his paintings were very bright and rich, and the paintings were enormous. Venice’s city was a trendy place to visit among artists from all over Europe and America at the time, and Marquet was well known in the art world.
What happened later?
When Marquet had a falling out with his dealer in Paris, he moved to England in 1913. He spent World War I working as a camouflage painter for the British military. In true artist form, he had to paint the landscape to look like something else, not to give away where military headquarters was located.
In between the two world wars, Marquet moved back to Paris where he became friends with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Eugène Atget. And in 1939 he was finally granted French citizenship.
In 1925, he went back to Bordeaux for a time but later moved back to Paris for good. In 1932, he created a stained-glass window for the church of St. Agnes in Bordeaux.
Marquet was a prolific printmaker, creating over 500 etchings and woodcuts during his lifetime. He often created etchings of landscapes that were influenced by the places that he had been. He was known for his ability to create scenes that gave the illusion of three dimensions.