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Roger De La Fresnaye Painting - The Canal. Brittany Landscape by Roger de La Fresnaye

The Canal. Brittany Landscape

Roger De La Fresnaye Painting - Landscape With A Village. The Hills Beyond Meulan by Roger de La Fresnaye

Landscape With A Village. The Hills Beyond Meulan


Nude (The Italian Girl)


Seated man

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Roger de La Fresnaye

Roger de La Fresnaye (/rɔːˈʒeɪ də læ frɛˈneɪ/;[1] 11 July 1885 – 27 November 1925) was a French cubist painter.

Early years and education

La Fresnaye was born in Le Mans where his father, an officer in the French army, was temporarily stationed. The La Fresnayes were an aristocratic family whose ancestral home, the Château de La Fresnaye, is in Falaise. His education was classically based, and was followed from 1903 to 1904 by studies at the Académie Julian in Paris, and from 1904 to 1908 at the École des Beaux-Arts. From 1908 he studied at the Académie Ranson under Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier, whose joint influence is evident in early works such as Woman with Chrysanthemums, 1909. This demonstrates the dreamlike symbolist ambience and stylistic character of work by the Les Nabis group.


From 1912 to 1914 La Fresnaye was a member of the Section d'Or group of artists, and his work demonstrates an individual response to cubism. He was influenced by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, but his work has a more decorative than structural feel and his prismatic colours reflect the influence of Robert Delaunay. He was a member of the Puteaux Group, an orphist offshoot of cubism led by Jacques Villon. His most famous work is The Conquest of the Air, 1913, which depicts himself and his brother outdoors with a balloon in the background.

La Fresnaye enlisted in the French army in World War I but contracted tuberculosis and was discharged in 1918.[2] His health deteriorated rapidly after the war. He never recovered the physical energy to undertake sustained work. In the later paintings that he did create, he abandoned cubist spatial analysis for a more linear style. He ceased painting in 1922 but continued to draw.[2] He died in Grasse in 1925.


Random House Dictionary: "la fresnaye."

"Roger de La Fresnaye", Oxford Art Online

Further reading

Germain Seligman: Roger de La Fresnaye, Thames & Hudson Ltd (1969) ISBN 0-500-09052-1
Tom Slevin: '"The Catastrophe of my Existence": Facing Death in Roger de La Fresnaye's Self-Portraiture' (Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, Vol. 16 No.1, 2011)

External links

Artcyclopedia - Links to Fresnaye's works

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