French Artist (1901 - 1971)
'Village in the Mountains'
Oil on wooden panel
6.5x 9 in.
Centre Pompidou: Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris.
Feuillate attended the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts et des Art Decoratifs, where he was given a rigorous training in technique. He was invited to exhibit his paintings at the Salon des Independents and the Salon des Tuileries in 1919, followed by the Salon d'Automne in 1924 and the Salon de la Nationale des Beaux Arts in 1927. He was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Paris, and participated in many group shows as well as in the highly selective Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in 1925.
Feuillate's experimented stylistically with Post-Impressionism as well as Cubism, producing an extensive and extremely varied body of work consisting of oils and works on paper. He often depicted scenes of his beloved Paris, and made renderings of his travels throughout France. His Cubist work dates from the 1930's, and reflects his thorough understanding of the tenets of analytic Cubism. Feuillatte breaks down form but never slips into complete abstraction, and adds depth, luminosity and movement to his compositions by creating subtle chromatic contrasts of earth tonalities in geometric patterns that catch the light and accentuate form. This produces a pictorial surface that is vibrant yet cohesive, highly structured yet natural.