Artist biographies

Jean Puy

Jean Puy (1876-1960) studied architecture before starting to paint in 1898. His work was initially closely tied with Impressionism. Puy met Matisse and Derain in the Académie Carrière, where artists were allowed to work as they saw fit. He shared their penchant for vibrant colours, although his paintings were less forceful and more schematic. Like many of his contemporaries Puy was a great admirer of Cézanne, whose influence is clearly present in his work.

From 1901 to 1907 Puy exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1905 he contributed work to the Salon d’Automne, which caused him to be classified as a Fauve, although his style was considerably more restrained. He gained respect and met with success, but did not achieve the fame that was the lot of many other Fauves. In 1939 Puy returned to his home town of Roanne in central France, where he led a peaceful existence as a painter. He did not receive serious recognition from art historians until after his death.

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