Achille Laugé

Born in 1861 in the Aude region of France into a modest family, Achille Laugé was destined for a future as a pharmacist. Nevertheless, he chose the Toulouse School of Fine Arts where he made happy encounters such as Antoine Bourdelle, Henri Martin and Henri Marre.

At the age of 21, Laugé moved to Paris to attend the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. He rubbed shoulders with artists such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Camille Pissarro who inspired him and enabled him to complete his academic training. He finally joined the family cradle and forged his own neo-impressionist style. The technique acquired during his training then gradually fades away in favour of a new touch, revealing very luminous tones.

He simply settles down and participates personally in the construction work of his house, L’Alouette, in which he reserves a space for his work in the workshop. This haven of peace allows him to blossom in his work: he paints views from his window, mixing outdoor and indoor subjects.

Often refused at the Salon, he is nevertheless very much appreciated in more avant-garde galleries, such as the Bernheim gallery or the Georges Petit gallery. Today, his work is very well recognized in the art market.

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