Emile Othon Friesz France
2-6-1879 Le Havre, FRA – 1-10-1949 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Emile Othon Friesz went to school in his native city. It was while he was at the Lycée that he met his lifelong friend Raoul Dufy. He and Dufy studied at the Le Havre School of Fine Arts in 1895-96 and then went to Paris together for further study. In Paris, Friesz met Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, and Georges Rouault. Like them, he rebelled against the academic teaching of Bonnat and became a member of the Fauves, exhibiting with them in 1907. He opened his own studio in 1912 and taught until 1914 at which time he joined the army for the duration of the war. He resumed living in Paris in 1919 and remained there until his death.
He met with Henri Charles Manguin, Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse and Charles Camoin. Especially his contact to Camille Pissaro influenced Friesz in that period of creativity. The painter made his artistic debut in 1900 at the Salon of the Société des Artistes français.
The artist Emile Othon Friesz travelled extensively, to Portugal in 1911 and to Belgium in 1912. Stays in Munich and Düsseldorf as well as the participation in exhibitions by the Berlin Secession made Friesz's work known in Germany as well.
An outstanding late work is the decoration he did with Raoul Dufy for the Palais de Chaillot on the occasion of the world fair in Paris in 1937. Even though the artist used a more traditional, austere technique in his late works, several of his earlier works, especially from 1907, are regarded as the boldest examples of Fauvism.
During the last thirty years of his life, he painted in a style completely removed from that of his earlier colleagues and his contemporaries. Having abandoned the lively arabesques and brilliant colors of his Fauve years, Emile Othon Friesz returned to the more sober palette he had learned in Le Havre from his professor Charles Lhuillier and to an early admiration for Poussin, Chardin, and Corot.
Art Movement: Fauvism
Influences: Charles Lhuillier, Camille Pissaro
Traveled: Portugal, Belgium, Germany, USA