Valta Louis (1863-1952)


Canvas, oil
Height: 38.5 cm
Length: 55 cm

The French artist Louis Volta (1863-1952) created landscapes
portraits, genre scenes, still lifes with flowers and fruits. He was born in Normandy into a wealthy family of shipowners. He studied at the school at the Lycée Hoche in Versailles near Paris. Under the influence of his father, an amateur landscape painter, he moved to Paris in 1887 to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he studied with famous painters: Gustave Boulanger, Jules Lefebvre, Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant. He then continued his studies at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he studied with the landscape painter of the Barbizon school Jules Dupre and met fellow students, landscape painters Albert André, who became his close friend, Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, who called themselves Les Nabis (“Nabis”) from the Hebrew word - prophets. Artistic movement 1888-1905). Their work was strongly influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin. In 1890, Walta received the Jovin d'Attenville Prize, which allowed him to set up his workshop on La Glaciere Street in Paris. In 1893, he began exhibiting his works at the Salon of Independent Artists. At the end of 1894, collaborating with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Albert André, he created the scenery for the Parisian theater L'Euvre. The style of Walt's works of the early period was formed under the influence of impressionist painting and the technical techniques found by pointillist artists - applying paint with quick, short strokes of rich color.