Adolphe Marie Beaufrere (1876-1960)
Adolphe Marie Beaufrere was born in Quimperlé, France and became a well-known Modernist painter and engraver. Beaufrere attended the workshop of Gustave Moreau in Paris and became infatuated with engraving after meeting artist Jean Frelaut. He was highly influenced by the Ecole de Pont-Aven and is known for his etchings and prints in particular.
Beaufrere was also known for his unique Modernist landscapes. He would paint them on his travels to Brittany and even to Algeria.
In fact, it is the picturesque landscape of Brittany that follows him throughout his career and is present throughout his oeuvre. Growing up in the Breton region was perhaps the inspiration for this reoccurring topic, and even though Beaufrere traveled extensively, always ended up there.
Aside from being involved with the Modernist style of painting, Beaufrere also created oriental-inspired pieces as well. This was due to his love of engraving and because he studied Japanese wood cuts. This piece entitled “Femmes Au Tub” is one of his finest and first examples of Japanese print-making and art.
Because of this wide variety of styles that Beaufrere experimented with and adopted, it may be difficult for some experts to correctly identify one of his works. However, his wide travels to Eastern Europe and as far south as Africa leave a wide open possibility for some of Beaufrere’s previously unknown works to surface.
Today Beaufrere’s work is housed in public and private collections around the world, and a number of his prints and etchings are kept in the Cabinet of the Prints of Paris.