Jacques Villon

1875-1963

One of the 20th Century's most significant artists, Jacques Villon's greatest talents were expressed through the medium of print-making. Hayter (Stanley) and others have  called Villon " the father of modern print-making." The first Duchamp brother of the famous trio, Gaston (Jacques Villon), Raymond Duchamp-Villon, and Marcel, was born in the Normandy province of France in 1875. His  earliest study was law, but he turned to art in 1894 and took the pseudonym, Jacques Villon. His first lithographs were executed in 1895 when he met Toulouse-Lautrec who exerted a great influence upon Villon's earliest works. After  military service in 1898, he established his studio in Montmartre where he worked until 1906.

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"Les Deux Vases"

In that year, he moved to the Paris suburb of Puteaux. This was accompanied by a change in his artistic view. In 1912 he organized the art movement called "the Section d'Or exhibition" which included works by Marcel Duchamp, his own, his brother Raymond, Gleizes, Gris, Leger, Lhote, Marcoussis and Metzinger. In the period 1913-14, he executed his cubist drypoints. He spent the next four years in the military service returning to Puteaux in 1919. He adopted an abstract style in that year, but the postwar period was not a good one for artists. To earn a living, he and other artists  copied each other's works in a variety of mediums--Villon executed 45 aquatints of the works of Bonnard, Modigliani and others. He visited the United States in 1936, received many prizes and awards in the ensuing years: Paris World's Fair, Carnegie International First Prize, Grand Prize, Venice Biennale, 1956, Grand Prize, Brussels World's Fair, 1958. He died at his studio in Puteaux in 1963. Current status of Villon Collection

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"Le Cake Walk des Petites Filles"

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"La Lutte"  trans:struggle, strife

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"Femme Debout De Dos"