André Dunoyer de Segonzac

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André Dunoyer de Segonzac (born July 7, 1884 in Boussy-Saint-Antoine , Département Seine-et-Oise , † September 17, 1974 in Paris ) was a French painter , graphic artist and illustrator . He is one of the most important representatives of realistic painting between the wars and abstract printmaking , especially after the Second World War .


André Dunoyer de Segonzac attended the Lycée Henri IV in his youth , where he met Gus Bofa and became permanently friends with him. In 1900 Segonzac began studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris , and in 1903 he switched to the private workshop of Luc-Olivier Merson . In 1907 he was a student of Jean-Paul Laurens and attended the Académie la Palette at Montparnasse , he met Luc-Albert Moreau (1882–1948) and Jean Louis Boussingault (1883–1943), with whom he shared his workshop. His first drawings were published in the magazines La Grande Revue and Le Témoin in 1908 . In the same year he had his first exhibitions in the Salon d'automne and in the Salon des Indépendants . Still unimpressed by the aesthetic artistic developments of this time, he painted with Moreau and Boussingault in a realistic style.

During this time André Dunoyer de Segonzac rented a house in Signac and began to paint the landscapes around Saint-Tropez, to which he would always remain faithful and where he would live until the end of his life. However, he mostly only stayed there in the summer months. In the rest of the season he led a nomadic life between different places, such as Île-de-France Vallée , Grand Morin , Feucherolles , Chennevières-sur-Marne and others.

In 1910 Segonzac made the acquaintance of the fashion designer Paul Poiret and met Max Jacob , Raoul Dufy and Maurice de Vlaminck . From 1910 to 1914 he traveled to Italy , he visited Spain and North Africa , and was interested in sports and dance, which is expressed in the subjects of his pictures.

During the First World War , Segonzac was drafted into the infantry for the full duration of the war. He made numerous war drawings that are both artistically and documentarily valuable.

After the war, from 1919, he again had numerous exhibitions, including in the important Parisian salons. Segonzac was one of the main exponents of traditional realism after the First World War. In 1920 he had an important solo exhibition in London . In 1921 he met Paul Valéry , Léon-Paul Fargue and Jean Cocteau . In 1928 he made a trip to America , where he achieved great success with his art. In 1930 he became friends with André Derain .

In 1933 Segonzac received the Carnegie Foundation Prize in Pittsburgh , and in 1934 the Prize of the Venice Biennale . In 1938 he exhibited in Chicago and in 1939 in the Wildenstein Gallery in London . In 1947 Segonzac was made an honorary member of the Royal Academy of London, and in 1948 was elected an associate member of the Académie Royale of Belgium . From 1949 to 1950 Segonzac had important exhibitions in the Charpentier Gallery in Paris, and later in Basel . In 1951 an exhibition at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève ( Geneva ) followed. In 1955 he was elected as an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters . In 1959 he had an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London and was a participant in documenta 2 in Kassel . Important exhibitions followed in 1969 at the Vallotton Gallery in Lausanne and in 1972 at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris.

Segonzac died at the age of 90 as a world-renowned artist.


  • Philippe-Jean Vidal: Dunoyer de Segonzac, André . In: General Artist Lexicon . The visual artists of all times and peoples (AKL). Volume 31, Saur, Munich a. a. 2001, ISBN 3-598-22771-X , pp. 18-20.
  • Exhibition catalog for documenta II (1959) in Kassel: II. Documenta'59. Art after 1945 . Catalog: Volume 1: Painting; Volume 2: Sculpture; Volume 3: Graphic Art; Text tape. Kassel / Cologne 1959

Web links

Commons : André Dunoyer de Segonzac  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Honorary Members: André Dunoyer de Segonzac. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed March 9, 2019 .