lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie
lying nude by Louis Latapie

lying nude 1920 - 1940

Louis Latapie

PaperOil paintPaint
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Dille Art

  • About the artwork

    Superb painting (oil on paper) of a reclining nude, painted by the French artist Louis Latapie (1891-1972). Louis Latapie was a celebrated artist with an international reputation. He had many solo exhibitions such as the one at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, 1946. He also exhibited at major salons such as the Salon des Indépendants, Salon d'Automne and Salon des Tuileries. He also taught at Académie Randon. He painted mainly in the style of Fauvism and Cubism, with his own unique touch. The female nude is his major theme. A quote from him is "I breathe in Cubism and I breathe out Fauvism." His aim was to convert reality into poetry. In the mid-1950s, he simplifies his forms in such a way that his work was considered more abstract art. Dimensions: painting: Length: 24.5cm (9.65") Width: 63cm (24.8") framed: Length: 33cm (12.99") Width: 77cm (30.31") The work is painted with oil on paper. The paper was later attached to linen. The painting is signed in black lower right with 'Latapie'. The work is framed in an old frame, on the back is the name Laurens and various old (auction) numbers.

  • About the artist

    Louis Latapie (Toulouse, 1891-1972), painter and engraver, studied in 1910 at l'École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where he took lessons with Jean-Paul Laurens, but also went to the Academie Julian from 1911 and with Paul Serusier at the Académie Ranson, where he learns to discover Cubism. This was followed by military service and after that he served at the front throughout WWI. His older brother was killed, he himself was wounded three times and was decorated for this.


    During the 1920s he was very active, just married, exhibiting a lot and having a number of solo exhibitions at the famous Galerie Druet. He also started teaching at the Académie Ranson. During this period he also met good friends Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Max Jacob and Jacques Villon and Roger Bissière. They also exhibited together, including in New York in 1923. He also exhibited at the 1924 Biennale.


    With Braque, Ozenfant and Bissière, Latapie also founded "Castors de Montsouris", an association whose aim was to build houses in the shape of a cube.


    In 1925, after a nasty divorce from his wife, he moved to Toulon and founded a painting academy there together with Juan Gris. In 1927 he returned to Paris where he married Renée Meurisse again, daughter Laure was born in 1931.
    He will again teach at Académie Ranson and will also remain involved with the Academy in Toulon. His work continues to develop, although there are periods in his life when he hardly gets to paint due to financial problems (1932-36).


    A major retrospective of his work was also held in 1936 at the Salon d'Automne. In 1941 he exhibited together with Desnoyer, Estève, Fautrier, Lorjou and Manessier.


    He belonged to the group of the Parisian Avant Gardists, they experimented with style, form and color, and the dissection of the image into elements.
    Latapie also looked for a way to integrate and harmonize the classical elements into an innovative style. He wanted to transform reality into poetry, as he called it. That was his great aspiration.


    After his death, he was honored, like Braque and Picasso, with a major retrospective of his oeuvre at the Palais des Papes in Avignon in the early 1970s. Special exhibitions were also devoted to him in Toulouse, Paris, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lille, Bordeaux, Geneva and Bilbao.


    The work of Louis Latapie can be found in several large collections, including those of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and Geneva and museums in Avignon, Toulouse and Poitiers.

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