Albert Marquet

Albert Marquet was a French painter, chiefly of coastal scenes, ports and rivers. Celebrated for exploring different ways in which to depict colour and light, he was one of the earliest artists to join the first avant-garde art movement of the 20th century, Fauvism.

Born in Bordeaux in 1875, by the age of 16 Marquet was studying in Paris. He attended the École des Arts Decoratifs, then the École des Beaux-Arts, where he was a pupil of the Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau.

During this time Marquet also became roommates and subsequently lifelong friends with Henri Matisse, who spearheaded Fauvism in 1905. That year, Marquet, Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck and Kees van Dongen exhibited in the Salon d’Automne, showing paintings that abandoned perspective and emphasised the importance of colour over line — leading one critic to describe them as ‘Fauves’ (wild beasts).

Whilst Fauvism fell out of favour to Cubism just a few years later, Marquet remained a committed colourist. In his later years he travelled extensively through France, Italy, Germany and Sweden, around the Mediterranean coast and across North Africa. His focus became landscapes, which eventually became more naturalistic in style, and his palette evolved towards the greys and blues more usually associated with the Impressionists.

Marquet died in La Frette-sur-Seine in northern France in 1947. His obituary in The New York Times noted how he was one of just three foreign artists to serve on the jury of the 30th International Exhibition of Paintings at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1931, and that at the time of his death his artwork was held in the permanent collection of Paris’s Musée du Luxembourg.

Today, Marquet’s works are found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

Poissy, le clocher

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

Jardin du palais d'Été

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Terrasse aux drapeaux, Hôtel de la Réserve

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

Paris, Quai du Louvre, Soleil d'hiver

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le Port des Sables-d’Olonne

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Quai de Bourbon, Paris

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Quai du Louvre, soleil pâle

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Frette en été

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le Havre, le bassin

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Marché à Saint-Tropez, la Place aux Herbes

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le remorqueur à Triel

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Venise, quai des Esclavons, le remorqueur à quai

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

L'Hiver, quai du Louvre, temps de neige

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le port, soleil voilé

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Pont-Neuf sous la neige

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le Pont Neuf à Paris

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le pont Neuf sous la neige, Paris

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le ponton, Triel

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

La promenade aux Sables d'Olonne

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Nu dans l'atelier

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Nu dans un atelier d'ami

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Porquerolles, après-midi d'été

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Bateaux à Triel

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Notre-Dame vue des quais, le soir

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

La Varenne Sainte-Hilaire, la barque

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le Quai des Grands-Augustins, printemps

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Baigneurs à Carqueiranne

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

La pointe de l'Ile Saint-Louis, Paris

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le cercle nautique, Marseille

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le jardin fleuri

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

L'arrière-port de l'Agha

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Intérieur à Hesnes, Norvège

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Beau temps à Montplaisant

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Porquerolles, le jardin

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

Le quai des Grands-Augustins sous la pluie

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Rue à Collioure, été 1912

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

La Sainte-Chapelle sous la neige

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Venise, le paquebot

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

La Varenne, bords de Marne, pêcheurs en barque

ALBERT MARQUET (1875-1947)

Rouen, le pont transbordeur

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Paris, Le Pont-Neuf, fin de la neige

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Le port de Honfleur

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Fontarabie, vue d'Hendaye, le promeneur

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Quai des Grands-Augustins, sous la neige

Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

Maisons en démolition quai de Conti, Paris