Exerpt from The Benezit Worldwide Directory of
Robert LAVERGNE, born September 1st 1920 in VILLOTRAN (France).
XXth Century French landscape and still life post-impressionist
painter. Having shown an early affinity for painting, at age 14 he
worked with the Maurice DENIS and George DESVALLIERES Sacred Art
Studio in Paris. World War II found him in Algiers (North Africa),
where he grew familiar with the colourful light of Maghreb. He served
with the French Forces during the campaign to liberate France, and was
wounded in battle in the Vosges mountains. After the war he took up
painting again, frequenting the MONTPARNASSE free Studios. His work
was shown in Paris in several Salons de la Jeune Peinture and Artistes
Francais d'Automne. He was awarded various scholarships: the Maison
Descartes in Amsterdam (1950), scholarships to study in Zeeland and
Rooterdam (1951), and Belgium (1953). He participated in several
collective shows and since 1948 has had more than ten one man shows in
Paris, Algiers, Nice and Boston, among others. He was selected several
times for the FENEON and OTHON FRIESZ Prizes. He has remained faithful
to a post-impressionist vista, with reference to BONNARD and VUILLARD.
His landscapes exhibit a pleasing and easy facture, denoting a
personalized search for space expression.