Artist of the moment…….Jacques Villon

Jacques Villon was born in Damville, Eure, France in the year 1875. He was encouraged to practice art by his grandfather. His name at birth was Gaston Emile Duchamp. The artist came from a family full of artistic output and he was the brother to Marcel Duchamp, famous for his sculpture and paintings. Suzanne Duchamp-Crott who was a renown painter was a sister. And another brother was Raymond Duchamp-Crotti.  Not only was Villon a fantastic painter, but he was a tremendous draftsman and printmaker. For his artistic education took art in college in addition to law studies. Villon briefly attended the Academie Julien located in Paris, France.

In addition I must add that the point of Cubism was to take something, and make it more abstract. When I first came to the art world I didn’t have as much respect for this type of work, but now find it spectacular. In a traditional still life you just put a vase of flowers in front of you and just paint it. But in “Cubist” style you draw the same vase and flowers, but from multiple viewpoints. Once you see the meaning behind a technique, it becomes much more brilliant.

Jacques Villon moved to Paris to attend college and enrolled as a law student. His father allowed him to study art in college, but he had to continue to study law as well.

The artist changed his name to separate him siblings. He chose the name Villon as it refers to the French poet named Francois Villon.

In this clip below we see many works by Gaston Emile Duchamp also known as Jacques Villon. A large selection of prints are included:

He started his career by drawing and illustrating for newspapers and magazines and also working on posters.

Villon worked for the army during World War 1 as a cartographer, a person who draws maps.

Villion and his brothers started their own group, the Puteaux Group. The group dealt with artists of all mediums who worked in a Cubist or Orphism style.

At auction works by Villon have broken the one million dollar barrier.

Jacques Villon passed away in 1963 at the age of 87 years old.


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