Louis Abel-Truchet

Louis Abel-Truchet
09.12.1857 (Versailles, France) - 09.09.1918 (Auxerre, France)

Nationality: French


Louis Abel-Truchet (born 1857, Versailles) was an important French painter, etcher, and lithographer in his lifetime. He is predominantly known for his paintings depicting Paris at the turn of the century, with cafés, theatres, shops, everyday life, and fashionable Parisians forming an essential part of the subject matter.

Abel-Truchet studied under Julian Lefebvre and Benjamin Constant. He exhibited from 1891 in various salons and was a founding member of the Salon d'Automne and the Societe des Humoristes. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts as well, becoming a member in 1910. Though influenced by Impressionism, Abel-Truchet can also be satirical. His work focused on the Belle Epoque, linking him with artists such as Galien-Laloue, Forain and Steinlen.

In 1914, at age fifty seven, he volunteered to fight in the First World War. Consequently, he produced a series of lithographs depicting scenes from his experiences. He commanded a section of fighting troops during the war and was awarded the Legion of Honour and La Croix de Guerre. Abel-Truchet died in service in the last few months of the war.

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