An oil on paper mounted on cardboard measuring 46x38 cm (without the frame) representing a monogrammed castle A.M lower left circa 1930. by André Mare (1885-1932)
Andre Mare (Argentan, January 31, 1885 - Paris, November 3, 1932) is a decorator, interior designer and French painter.
He is one of the founding artists of Art Deco. His training is that of a painter, but from the 1910s, he began a career as interior designer. In 1912, at the Salon d'automne, he presented, in collaboration with the sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon and the painters Marie Laurencin and Roger de la Fresnaye, a "cubist house". It provokes a scandal that devotes André Mare as a decorator.
André Mare, passionate about drawing, studies art in Paris. In 1904, he enrolled at the School of Decorative Arts and attended classes at the Julian Academy.
In 1906, he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and then at the Salon d'Automne, where he became one of the principal animators, with his friends Roger de La Fresnaye, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Maurice Marinot and the Duchamp brothers. The "posturing" post-Impressionist tendencies are then attenuated, giving way to more geometrical forms that tend towards a "French-style" Cubism. Already, the painter and decorator André Mare has a style: under an apparent ease, a style built, subtle and rigorous, combining classicism and modernity.
The Bourgeois Salon in The Cubist House at the Salon d'Automne, 1912, Paris. Woman with Jean Metzinger's Fan on the left
At the Salon d'Automne in 1912, André Mare gathered his friends and collaborators from the previous Salon and created the Cubist House. It provokes a scandal which consecrates the reputation of André Mare as decorator.
During the First World War, mobilized, he worked on the creation of camouflage for the French armies - Section created by Guirand de Scevola and led by his friend Dunoyer de Segonzac - British and Italian with other painters: Jean-Louis Forain, Charles Camoin, Charles Dufresne, Jacques Villon, Louis Marcoussis, sculptors: Henri Bouchard, Charles Despiau, and theater designers. He applies to camouflage the principles of dislocation of forms from cubism. During this period, he painted in ten sketchbooks of many watercolors impressed with cubism, in which he notes his impressions and draws on the spot the pain of fighting and death.
Interior global architect, he conceives for eight years with Louis Süe nearly two thousand models, and composes fifty to sixty sets among which the decoration of the French Embassy in Warsaw, part of the Embassy of France in Washington, the couturier Jean Patou's mansion in Paris, the Ile-de-France cruise lounger and the Paris cruise liner's luxury cabins. He is also a costume designer and bookbinder. In 1921, Maurice Ravel entrusted him with the decor and costumes of his new ballet, L'Heure espagnole, created at the Paris Opera.
For the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925, Süe and Mare designed two dome pavilions including the one named at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with a large living room in the center of the rotunda3.
In 1926, André Mare was named knight of the Legion of Honor following the Exhibition of Decorative Arts.
In 1927, André Mare decided to no longer ensure the technical direction of the Compagnie des Arts Français for health reasons. He devotes himself exclusively to painting that he had neglected for ten years in favor of decoration for the Compagnie des Arts Français.
In 1930, he executed a large command board: The funeral of Marshal Foch. He performs landscapes of his native Normandy.
On November 3, 1932, he died of tuberculosis as a result of serious intoxication with mustard gas. He is buried in the small cemetery Lignerits in the country of Auge.
In October-November 1933, a significant body of his work was presented at the 23rd exhibition of the Society of Norman Artists at the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts
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