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Segonzac, André Dunoyer de (1884-1974)
by Scholes, Robert


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André Dunoyer de Segonzac (1884 - 1974)

He was born in Boussy-Saint-Antoinne ( Essonne) and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1900 to 1903, when he entered the private academy of Luc-Olivier Merson. In 1907 he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens, and at the academy called " la Palette à Montparnasse," where he met Luc-Albert Moreau and de Boussignault, with whom he shared a studio. In 1908 he began to publish sketches in journals and he showed his work at the Salon d'Automne, and the Salon des Artistes Indépendants. At that time, he and his friends saw themselves as reviving realism, but then he met Signac and discovered the country around Saint-Tropez, where he spent much of his later life. He also painted landscapes in the area around Paris. In 1910 he met Max Jacob, Dufy and Vlaminck. In the next few years he travelled widely and sketched the Ballet Russes, Isadora Duncan, and sporting events. For a brief period, from 1912 to the start of the war, he was associated with the "section d'or," the golden sectiion--a movement of cubists who emphasized the geometrical aspects of painting. The group first exhibited together at the Galerie La Boétie in Paris in 1912, and it also published a short-lived magazine entitled Section d'Or. The start of World War I in 1914 ended the activities of the group, which had never been more than a loose association. During World War I, he painted scenes of the war and also worked on camouflage. This artist's work ranges in style all the way from realism to fauvism, with an occasional cubist moment.

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