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Albert Marquet is a French painter born in Bordeaux in 1875 and died in Paris in 1947. He was very close to famous painters, such as Henri Matisse, who was his great friend and who particularly influenced him in the direction his art took: Fauvism. However, some of his works contradict this, and it would be possible to bring some of them together with a Cézannean impressionism. Marquet is a spontaneous painter, who was concerned with rendering on canvas the impressions and vision of a moment. He is not a painter of research, for proof, he remains all his life rather hermetic to other artistic movements. His work is constant, despite some portraits or genre scenes, he devoted himself mainly to landscape paintings. Marquet left few writings on his work and thus opened all interpretation to the amateur’s eye and mind. From 1920, Marquet, who until then had been working in Paris, went regularly to Algeria and more particularly to Algiers. During the Second World War, he took refuge there to escape the German invasion. He particularly liked the warm light characteristic of Mediterranean countries, like many painters before him. But Marquet was also influenced by other movements, including Japonism and collected Japanese prints. Matisse said in 1943: "When I see Hokusai, I think of our Marquet”.

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