Charles Alexandre Picart-Ledoux
French Artist (1881 - 1959)
'Girl at the Piano'
Oil on canvas
13 x 18 in.
Museum of Algiers, Algeria
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Musee de Nice,
Musee d'Art Moderne, Musee du Petit Palais, Paris
Musee d'Aix en Provence,
Musee du Havre, France
Picart-Ledoux studied at the Julian Academy in Paris and later with Jean Leon Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris. His friendship with Renoir soon tore him away from his academic training, and his landscapes became imbued with the colors and light of Impressionism. He exhibited his work at the Salon des Tuileries, Salon d'Automne and the Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts.
His stay in Tunis in 1914 inspired him to adapt a more luminous palette and a heightened sensuality with his thickened impastos of color. He painted atmospheric landscapes in vivid colors while showing little interest in Cubism and Abstraction. In 1937, he received the Grande Medaille de l'Exposition Universelle de Paris, and in 1950 was made Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. He had numerous one man shows, and was commissioned to execute the ceiling for the oceanliner Normandie.