Achille Lauge (1861-1944)
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Achille Lauge was a French Neo-Impressionist and Pointillist painter who became well known for his beautiful landscapes. Born to a family of farmers in Arzens, France, he began studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the age of 20 and studied under Alexandre Cabanel. Lague lived in Paris from 1886 until 1888, when he returned to his family home in the south of France where he worked and lived for the rest of his life.
Lauge primarily painted landscapes near his home, and would typically sign his work “A.Lauge” on the front of his canvas. However, it is quite likely that during his years as a student he created a number of still life, portraits and sketches, probably in the Impressionist style. Lauge really only worked in Pointillism from 1888-1896, and abandoned the style for the most part afterwards.
After the turn of the century, Lauge often applied an impasto technique of using large brushstrokes and leaving behind thick applications of paint.
During his lifetime, he exhibited often at the Salon des Independents, but did not truly gain the notoriety that he deserved until after his death at a 1968 Guggenheim exhibit. Still wondering about a Pointillist or Impressionist landscape hanging in your home? Contact us to find out…it may be by Achille Lauge.