Achille Laugé was born in Arzens, which is near Carcassonne, on April 29, 1861.
In 1863, the Laugé family moves to Cailhau, which is in the region of Razès. It is in the nature around their family house in Cailhau that he finds the most inspiration for his subjects.
After some schooling to become a pharmacist in Toulouse, Laugé enrolls in 1881 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris. There he meets Antoine Bourdelle and Henri Martin.
1882: he joins the studio of Cabanel and meets Aristide Maillol. His first entry to the Salon des Artistes Français of 1884 is of a portrait of Bourdelle.
At the Salon des Indépendants of 1886, he is impressed and marked by the pointillist brushstrokes of Seurat, Signac, and Pissarro.
In 1893, Laugé adapts by using the pointillist technique with primary colors for his entries to the Salon des Indépendants.
1898: He becomes specialized in landscape paintings of the nature surrounding Cailhau (where he has his house built). Laugé uses the technique of the neo-impressionists of divisionism. Unfortunately, his paintings are very often rejected.
1905: To be able to paint in open air and physically be on the ground, he creates a “studio trailer”. From this point forward Laugé is freer. It can be seen in his paintings that he is less strict, uses a richer paint, and has thicker brushstrokes.
1908: He goes to the Salon d’Automne. Laugé grew tired of sending his artwork to salons so he stopped and instead only exhibited his pieces at art dealer’s galleries.
From 1910 to 1914: He gets numerous orders from the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins for preparatory drawings that are later used for tapestry.
Achille Laugé dies in 1944 in Cailhau, which was the small village that was so dear to him.
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
Carcassonne, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Toulouse, Musée des Augustins
Bayeux, Musée Baron Gérard
E. Bénézit « Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs
Dessinateurs et Graveurs », tome 8, pages 322-323.
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Price : on request