Louis Anquetin Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

1-26-1861 Étrépagny, FRA – 8-19-1932 Paris, FRA

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Anquetin, Louis

Louis Anquetin was born in Étrépagny, France, and studied at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen. In 1882 he came to Paris and started attending Léon Bonnat's art studio, where he met Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The two artists later moved to the studio of Fernand Cormon, where they become friends with Émile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh.

Around 1887, Louis Anquetin and Bernard developed an art style that used flat regions of color and thick, black contour outlines. This style, named Cloisonnism by the art critic Edouard Dujardin, the inspiration coming from by both stained glass and Japanese Ukiyo-e. One case of this can be found in Avenue de Clichy: Five O'Clock in the Evening, perhaps the motivation for Van Gogh's acclaimed Cafe Terrace at Night, of which the colors and general view are very similar.

He eventually fell from the public's eye after abandoning the modern movements and the current developments, picking instead to concentrate the studies of the Old Masters. In this way, Anquetin's works after the mid-1890s, for example, Rinaldo and Armida, were particularly Rubenesque in style and metaphorical in nature. In 1907 he met Jacques Maroger, a youthful artist who shared his enthusiasm, with whom he teamed up. Later in life, Louis Anquetin composed a book on Rubens, which was distributed in 1924.

Art Movement History: Post-Impressionism, Cloisonnism
Artists Influencing Louis Anquetin : Leon Bonnat, Emile Bernard
Painters Louis Anquetin Influenced: Jacques Maroger
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