Louis Valtat French, 1869-1952


One of the pre-eminent painters of the Post-Impressionist period Louis Valtat painted in an expressive style, a Van Gogh-influenced variety of Post-Impressionism, as opposed to the more decorative style of Bonnard and Matisse. His early work is hailed for its vivid colors and expressive use of thick paint. Valtat is regarded as one of the leading proponents of Fauvism, a movement that extolled the virtues of strong colors and distinctive painterly qualities over overt realism and naturalism. The colors remain expressive, although not strident, while the meticulously balanced scene retains a simplicity as well as an abstraction or flattening of the canvas with echoes to Post Impressionist restraint. The result is an extremely pleasing, vibrant, and well-balanced composition that showcases the artist's uncanny ability to create a unique space filled with light through his personal and particular choice and application of color.


Louis Valtat is known as one of the leaders and founders of the Fauvist movement, which did not formally begin until 1905 at the Salon d'Automne. Born in 1869, Valtat moved to Paris at the age of 17 to study at the École des Beaux Arts under Boulanger, Lefebvre and Constant. He was involved with the most influential groups of artists who numbered such as Renoir, Signac, d'Espagnat, and Luce, and exhibited widely throughout his career.


Jauvin d'Attainville Prize 1890

Chevalier d’Honneur 1927


Salon des Artistes Indépendants, 1893

Durand Ruel Gallery, group exhibition, 1899

"La Libre Esthétique”, Brussels, 1900

Gebaüde der Secession", Vienna, 1903

Salon d'Automne, 1905, 1952 (retrospective)

Kunst Salon Ernst Arnold, Dresden, 1906

Berliner Secession, Berlin



Moskva Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 1908

Modern Art National Museum, Paris 1951

Museums and Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Brooklyn Museum

Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, California

Fondation Bemberg Museum, Toulouse, France

Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette university, Wisconsin

Harvard University Art Museum, Massachusetts

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Indiana University Art Museums, Bloomington

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Musée de Bordeaux, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris

Musée du Petit Palais, Paris

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Musée de Bernay

Musée de L’ Havre

Musée de Helinski

Musée de Nantes

Musée de Nimes

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Museum of Art, Paris

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Saint-Denis de la Réunion

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

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