Dunoyer de Segonzac   French 1884-1974

Dunoyer de Segonzac,French painter and etcher, born at Boussy-Saint-Antoine (Seine-et-Oise). He began to study art in 1900 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi, then in 1901 in the studio of L.O. Merson, while also attending the Ecole des Langues Orientales. After military service 1902-3, he continued his studies, 1904-7 first in the studio of J.P. Laurens and then at the Académie de la Palette, where the teachers included Desvallières, Guérin and Blanche. Dunoyer de Segonzac became very friendly with Luc-Albert Moreau and Boussingault, his fellow pupils. After he discovered Saint Tropez in 1908 and from then on he tended to move between the Ile-de-France and Provence. Began to make oil paintings  of  landscapes, still lifes and nudes with heavily modelled forms in thick paint, as well as drawings of dancers, boxers, etc. in a freer, more animated style. His first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Levesque, Paris, 1914. He was in the War service 1914-19, but 1919-20 he made a large number of etchings and watercolours,  his etchings including illustrations to the Georgics, Colette’s La Treille Muscate, the poems of Ronsard and various other books. Awarded First Prize at the 1933 Pittsburgh International and the main prize for painting at the 1934 Venice Biennale. Died in Paris.

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