Jacques Villon (1875 - 1963)

A Pretty Girl
Pencil and watercolor on paper, approx. 7" x 4", signed lower left

Jacques Gaston Duchamp Villon was born in Normandy, one of six children, four of whom would receive critical acclaim as artists. Villon became known as a cubist. He was introduced to the American audience at the 1913 New York Armory Show, where his work sold out. He studied with his grandfather Emile Villon, then in Paris at the Academie Julian. He then worked for Parisian newspapers creating graphics, cartoons and posters. In 1903 he was one of the group of modernist artists who organized the Salon d'Automne. The group became known as the fauvists. He became quite famous throughout America and Europe, receiving many honors including first prize at the Carnegie Institute in 1950.
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