Dumont, along with Matisse, was instrumental in introducing the Fauve movement at the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1905, to the shock and delight of French collections. They founded the ground breaking Societe de Peinture Moderne in 1907, which represented such avant garde artists as Matisse, Dufy, Utrillo, Vlaminck, Guillaumin and Marquet who joined Dumont in launching a new movement that would integrate current art trends such as Fauvism, Cubism and Orphism into a powerful new form of expression.
After exhibiting in Rouen, Dumont moved to Paris where he had his first one man show at the Galerie Legrip in 1906. He joined Picasso, Gris and Picabia at their ramshackled residence at the Bateau Lavoir in Montmartre in 1911, and exhibited his work in all the major Parisian salons until 1918. The Musee de Rouen held a major retrospective for Dumont in 1916, which was followed by two highly successful shows at the Durand Ruel and Katia Granoff Galleries in 1928 and 1929.
Dumont found inspiration in depicting vibrant scenes of urban life and still life compositions, and displayed a gestural style of rapid, bravura brushstrokes of intense coloration. He developed a flamboyant, exuberantly colored and thickly pigmented style that added texture, movement and light to compositions, and that would eventually become his signature pieces.
French Artist (1884-1936)
Oil on canvas
19.5 x 26 in.
Musee de Rouen;
Musee de Troyes, France
G. de Knyff: Pierre Dumont, 1984.
Pierre Varenne: Catalogue de l'Exposition Pierre Dumont, Galerie M. Denis, Paris, 1944.