Albert Marquet was born in Bordeaux France in 1875. He is best known for his association with the Fauvist movement early in his career and then later he painted in a more naturalistic Post-Impressionist style. He painted landscapes, seascapes, portraits, and nudes.
At 15 years old, he studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. He also worked in the studio of Artist Gustave Moreau, a symbolist. Moreau would influence Marquet’s use of color. Albert Marquet would become close friends with Henri Matisse and they were roommates in Paris. In 1895, he studied Ecole des Beaux-Arts and met artists Henri Manguin, Charles Camoin, and George Rouault. He was included at the Salon des Independants and was beginning to earn a reputation and respect.
In 1905, Albert Marquet exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in the landmark exhibition that would give a name to the Fauve movement. Also included in this exhibition with Marquet were fellow artists Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Louis Valtat to name a few. Marquet’s work was the most reserved of the other artists in the use of bold color.
Albert Marquet traveled extensively throughout his career painting what he saw on his travels. While he never achieved the renowned that his friend Matisse did, Marquet’s work maintained a unique style melded from many influences. He also has been influential to a whole new generation of artists that came after him.