ALBERT ANDRÉ

Malek, épouse du peintre dans son fauteuil avec son chat, circa 1940-1945
Oil on cardboard
38,5 x 46 cm / 15,1 x 18,1 in
Signed lower right: A.André
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mrs Flavie Durand-Ruel on May 28, 2019. This work is recorded under the number 23398 in the Durand-Ruel archives.
InquiryALBERT ANDRÉ - Malek, épouse du peintre dans son fauteuil avec son chat, circa 1940-1945

Biography

Lyon 1869 - Laudun 1954

Attracted very early by the arts, Albert André received his initial artistic training in Lyon before settling in Paris to follow the courses of the Julian Academy in 1889 where he met the recently formed group of the Nabis: Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, or Vallotton, all seduced by Sérusier's "Talisman", painted in Pont-Aven.

In 1894, during the Salon des Independants, Albert André was noticed by Pierre-Auguste Renoir who introduced him to his dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. This meeting would truly guide Albert André's career; his works were exhibited ans sold across the Atlantic and the artist quickly gained international recognition.

During his life and artistic production, the artist showed a predilection for portraits and interior scenes, taking as models figures from the literary and artistic world of his time, such as his aging friend Renoir, and his relatives - such as his wife Malek or his adopted daughter Jacqueline Brétégnier - whom he loved to surprise in the privacy of their daily occupations, particularly reading, sewing and music. But he also painted female nudes, whether lying down (like his friend Albert Marquet) or busy washing (like Bonnard), also still lifes of fruits and flowers, as well as landscapes and urban views.

In 1917, encouraged by Renoir, Albert André became curator of the Bagols-sur-Cèze's museum where he worked to reorganize and enrich the collections. He held this position until his death in 1954. Since then, the museum has been renamed the Albert André Museum.

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