Louis Latapie French, 1891-1972

Overview

Louis Latapie was born on July 11 1891 in Toulouse, France.  His father was a well known journalist and editor of Le Télegramme and La Liberté.  Louis Latapie had an interest in art from a very early age, and is known to have been drawing regularly by the age of ten.  He registered for classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens.  In 1911, he became a student at the Académie Julien and also at the Académie Ranson where he was introduced to cubism by Paul Sérusier.

 

Louis Latapie was sent to the war in 1914, where he was injured three times and one of his brothers was killed in action. Upon his return from the war, Latapie began to reestablish himself as an artist and in 1920 he became a professor at the Académie Ranson.  This was a very critical time for the artist, as he met numerous artists who would become a great influence on his own art; Roger Bissière, Jean Metzinger, Max Jacob and Jacques Villon.  This was a year in which Louis Latapie met and married his first wife, Estelle Isch-Wells.  In 1922 Latapie entered numerous exhibitions, including several one man shows at the Galerie Druet.  In 1923 Latapie formed the group, known as Castors de Montsouris, with Georges Braque, Bissière and Ozenfant that laid down the basis for the cubist movement.  This would have been a particularly happy time for the artist, but his wife, Estelle, died suddenly that same year.  Devastated by his loss, Latapie moved to Toulon in 1925.  In 1927, he moved to Paris where he met his new wife, Renée Meurisse, and spent the next few years teaching and travelling between Paris and Toulon. After serving in the war a second time, Louis Latapie bought a studio in Seine-Port and became associated with the School of Paris. 

Exhibitions

Salon des Indépendants, Paris 1920

Salon des Tuileries, 1923

Venice Biennale, 1924

Salon d'Automne, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1946, 1947

Museums and Public Collections

Palais des Papes à Avignon, 1971

Musée des Augustins de Toulouse, 1988

Mobilier National, Paris

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris

Musée Calvet, Avignon

Museum Gajac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot

National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Museum of Isle-sur-Tarn, Tarn

Museum of the City of Poitiers, Poitier

WVA Dunkirk

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