Jacques Villon's Influences
In his early work Villon proved himself to be a master of form, a genius
of La Belle Epoque. His Ladies sitting in parlors wearing stunning billowing
dresses and large hats, clearly the ladies of society and wealth with
intricate woven tapestries on the floor and walls were representational
of the high lifestyle that Villon’s subjects enjoyed. They traveled
in carriages, lingered in Salons, sat painting at easels, relaxed in gardens
watching children play; these women depicted the life of leisure as did
the men at backgammon tables or fashionably dressed at restaurants or
In 1911 Villon came under the influence of Picasso and other cubists
and became a leading
Villon's style changed to black and white rather than luscious color and instead of flowing La Belle Epoque scenes his work was linear and abstract. He executed numerous landscapes however much of his work continued to concentrate on figures. If one looks at his work "Portrait D'Acteur" (Ginestet et Poullon E283) 1913, one can easily see the influence of Picasso and fellow cubists.
After WW11 he was faced with financial difficulties and he created a series of reproductions of contemporary paintings for the gallery Bernheim Jeune. They were a series which included Picasso's "Les Saltimbanques", Derain's "Buste de Femme", Braque's "Nature Morte", Matisse's "Odalisque sur la Terrasse", Renoir's "Nu", Bonnard's "La Femme au Chien", Marie Laurencin's "La Femme au Hamac", Manet's "Olympia", Modigliani's "L'Italiene", Van Gogh's "Le Paysan", Leger's "Femme a la Cruche" and Renoir's "La Loge."
Jacques Villon was an artist whose work spanned La Belle Epoque to Cubism and in each style received recognition and success. His works are on exhibition at numerous museums throughout the world.
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