Jacques Villon, French (1875 - 1963)

Jacques Villon
Jacques Villon was born Gaston Duchamp in 1875 in Normandy, France. He was one of six children and four of the children would receive acclaim as artists and sculptors in their lifetime.

It was under the direction of his grandfather, Emile Frederic Nicolle that Villon learned engraving and in the summer of 1894 he studied at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Villon submitted his drawings to local newspapers that featured illustrations. In 1891 Villon, at the age of 16, executed an etching of his father Eugene Duchamp, "Portrait de Mon Pere." This was his first engraving and for this his spiritual guide was Rembrandt. This was exhibited in 1953 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Paris in 1959 and various other major museums throughout France and the United States. In the same year Villon also executed a "Portrait of the Painter-Engraver Emile Nicolle," his grandfather. This work would be exhibited throughout Europe and the United States from 1953 at The Museum of Modern Art to 1975 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Jacques Villon became quite famous and well received throughout America and Europe and from the 1940’s he was exclusively represented by the Galerie Louis Carre. Jacques Villon received honors at various international exhibitions, including first prize at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1950.

Jacques Villon died on June 9, 1963 at the age of eighty-seven in Puteaux, France.

Exhibitions
1997 Six Decades of Paintings, Louis Stern Fine Arts West Hollywood, CA
1991 Galerie Carré & Cie Paris, France
1990 Paris 1930, Arte Abstracto/Arte Concreto, , Centre Julio Gonzalez Valence
1988 Musée de Jacobins Morlaix, France
1987 Les Trois Duchamp, Galerie Dina Vierny Paris, France
1987 Paris 1937, L'Art Indépendant, , Musée d'Art Modern de la Ville Paris, France
1986 The Brothers Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-, Arnold Herstand & Co. New York, NY
1985 Prints 1891-1956, Stadia Graphics Paddington
1983 Grand Palais 1903-1983, Salon d' Automne, Paris, France
1981 - 1982 The Cubist Print, , National Gallery of Art Washington
1971 The Cubist Epoch, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CA
1963 20th C. Master Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, NY
1945 , Marcel Duchamp, , Yale University Connecticut

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