Still Life


Exerpt from The Benezit Worldwide Directory of Painters

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.

2006 Robert Lavergne