(Bordeaux, 1875 – Paris, 1947)
Albert Marquet arrived in Paris in 1890. He was a student in the Arts Decoratifs Academy with Matisse, before joining National Academy of Beaux-Arts in Gustave Moreau’s studio. Following his advice, Marquet made at the Louvre copies of Poussin, Le Lorrain and Watteau. Matisse and Marquet discovered Impressionists at Durand-Ruel’s gallery. This revelation leads them to paint in Arcueil and Jardin du Luxembourg in 1897. They painted landscapes transposed in fresh colour, reminding Fauvism.
In 1901 he exposed at the Salon des Independents in Paris, and in 1904 at the Salon d’Automne. He participated to numerous exhibitions abroad France (Moscow, Kiev, Saint-Petersburg, in United-States, Hamburg and Montréal). His first solo show was in 1907 at Druet Gallery in Paris. The same year, he painted Sergent de la coloniale (Bordeaux Museum), with contrasted colouring but with more flexibility in style and delicacy in the colours shading. He also painted parisian landscapes such as the Quai des Grands-Augustins, Quai des Orfèvres, Quai Saint-Michel, which he presented under various lighting, diurnal or nocturnal, following seasons.
His meetings with Matisse, Dufy and Camoin allowed him to expose his paintings in Fauve’s room at Salon d’Automne in 1905. His fauvism just lasted a short time. He was fulfilled as painter of landscapes with greys harmony, seeking suitable light.
Between 1910 and 1914 he painted uncompromising – with lucidity and irony – some nudes and naked woman (Les Amies, 1912, La Femme Blonde, 1912). He also made few portraits (Marcelle Marty, Madame Marquet).
Marquet, represented in many museums all around the world and especially at M.N.A.M and Bordeaux Museum, is mostly well know for his landscapes: “From Paris to Hambourg, wrote his friend George Besson, from Naples to Oslo, from Marseille to Pirée, from Venice to Alger, in one hundred towns in Europe and Africa, where stand crane and docks, smoke tug, lengthen platform and side, where mast swing and luminous shine born, Marquet imposes his touching or charming vision.”