Ferdinand Du Puigaudeau Biography | Oil Paintings

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Puigaudeau, Ferdinand Du

As a young boy, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau was close to his uncle Henri de Chateaubriant, and encouraged his artistic endeavors. His education was traditional and he studied at various boarding schools from Paris to Nice. In 1882, at the age of eighteen, du Puigaudeau traveled to Italy, then to Tunisia, and taught himself to paint.

In 1886, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau went to Pont-Aven, a well-known town to painters, where he met and befriended Charles Laval and Paul Gauguin. Du Puigaudeau, called Piccolo by Gauguin, had a very close relationship with both of them and in 1887, they planned to go together to Panama and Martinique, unfortunately, he couldn't join his friends who did go that year, because he was called up for the army.

Three years later Ferdinand du Puigaudeau visited Belgium and there met the artists James Ensor, Toorop, and Vogels. In 1890, he presented his canvases for the first time at the Salon de la Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts and was introduced to the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruell.

He married in 1893 and in 1895 the family settled in Pont-Aven were Puigaudeau met the American painter Childe Hassam. In 1897 Edgar Degas purchased his painting Fireworks Over The Port, and from that point forward they had a long friendship, exchanging letters throughout their lives. In 1903, he held his first one-man show at the Galerie des Artistes Modernes (Gallery of Modern Artists). In 1904, he broke off his relationship with Durand-Ruel and left for Venice, where Ferdinand du Puigaudeau painted more than 50 canvases.

On his return to Paris, the artist found himself in a critical financial situation. World War I isolated him from the rest of the world, and he became secluded. In 1919 he began to prepare for an exhibition in New York, and for four years worked on it, but it was canceled at the last minute, he became very depressed and an alcoholic and died seven years later.

Ferdinand du Puigaudeau's distinctive Post-Impressionistic style is evident in his variations of color and depictions of light. Throughout his career, Puigaudeau searched for luminous colors, the fleeting effects of light are his true subject, sunsets, candlelight, and the effects of glimmering sun or moonlight on water.

Art Movement: Post-Impressionism.
He Traveled To Italy, Tunisia, Belgium.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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