Artist biography

Othon Friesz 1879-1949

French painter of landscapes, figures and still life, teacher and illustrator. Born at Le Havre of a seafaring family. Studied 1896-9 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre, where he met Raoul Dufy, then 1899-1904 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Bonnat. Began as an Impressionist and had his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie des Collectionneurs, Paris, in 1904. Then started to use stronger colours and participated 1905-7 in the Fauve movement; painted with Braque at Antwerp in 1906 and at La Ciotat in 1907. In 1907 developed a less colourful, more strongly constructed style under the influence of Cézanne. His characteristic style, with looser, freer handling, dates from a visit to Portugal in 1911. Worked chiefly at Toulon and in Provence from 1918-30, and in his last years painted much at Honfleur and elsewhere on the Normandy coast. Influential as a teacher, especially from 1929 at the Académie Scandinave. 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.226