Monday, December 16, 2019

François Barraud, From Housepainter to Painter

François Barraud (1899-1934) was born and died in Switzerland, but spent much of his adult life in France where he worked as a housepainter and did other odd jobs while studying art. A brief Wikipedia entry about him is here.

Barraud's career was short, peaking 1928-1933, before he died of tuberculosis. Many of his paintings shown on the Internet depict him and his wife. These seemingly personal projects make me wonder how or whether he was able to make a living as a professional artist.

His style was strongly representational, rather hard-edged, yet with a touch of the Modernist-favored simplification and distortion prevalent at the time.


L'atelier - 1928
Self-portrait of the artist along with his wife who might have been posing for him (note the hole at her elbow).

Le Philateliste (Autoportrait avec Marie) - 1928
Again with his wife.

The Malcontent - 1930
The two of them yet again.

Printemps - 1928-29

Paysage - 1929
The landscape paintings.

Mappemonde et carafe verte - 1933
And a still life.

Autoportrait - 1930

Autoportrait - 1931
Two solo self-portraits.

Woman Cleaning Floor - 1933
This might  be Marie again.

L'Intrigante - 1931
Marie the intriguer sealing an envelope.

Yvonne in a Velvet Dress - 1930
Not Marie.

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