Artist biography

Antoine Villard 1867-1934

French painter mainly of landscapes and still life. Born at Mâcon. Studied architecture and decorative art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lyons, then spent three years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in the studios of Lefebvre and Constant. Obliged to give up painting for some twelve years after completing his studies. Later exhibited regularly at the Paris Salons, and was first President of the Salon de l'Art Français Indépendant. Worked first in an Impressionist style, then developed a tougher realism. Apart from still lifes and a series of Tunisian landscapes painted in 1912-14, his later work consisted mainly of series of pictures of the same three motifs: seascapes of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, landscapes of the Mâconnais painted at Hurigny, and views of the circuit railway (chemin de fer de ceinture) in Paris. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1918. He owned a number of the most important works by the Douanier Rousseau. Died in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.749