French Artist (1883 - 1915)
'Paysage Fantastique' dated 1907
Oil on canvas
23 x 32 in.
Royal Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark
Courthault Institute, London, England
Musee de Poitiers, France
At the age of twenty-one, Doucet entered the atelier of Gabriel Ferrier at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was highly influenced by the Neo-Impressionistic style of Paul Signac whom Doucet met in Saint-Tropez in 1905, as well as the Fauve paintings of Matisse and Derain.
He exhibited these works in the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Independants asof1907, but evolved towards Expressionism after having taken a trip to Munich in 1910. Doucet spent a lot of time in Montmartre painting canvases that reflect the deep influence of Cezanne and the Cubists.
His paintings were exhibited in London at the Grafton Galleries in a show entitled 'Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition', and he was given a major retrospective at the Poitiers Museum in 1948. His paintings are bold in color, andhisjuxtapositionof of thick dabs of contrasting hues contributes to the dynamic yet harmonious quality of his work.