Born along the southwest coastal region in Bordeaux, France, André Lhote had already taken up art in his early teens and began word carving at a furniture studio in 1898. He was able to move to Paris by 1904 and enrolled in École des Beaux-Arts to study sculpture. Lhote initially focused on Fauvism, but influenced by artists such as Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin during that period he shifted towards Cubism. He joined the Section d’Or and by 1910 he held his first successful solo exhibition at the Galerie Druet. Drafted into World War I, he was briefly interrupted from his art studies but following the war he immediately returned to Paris to pursue his passion.
Shortly following the war, André Lhote co-founded the art journal Nouvelle Revue Française where he worked as both a publisher and art critic until 1940. Lhote also founded the Montparnasse School in 1922. Throughout his lifetime Lhote travelled extensively conducting theoretical lecture tours and exhibitions throughout Europe including Italy, Egypt, and Belgium as well as overseas. André Lhote was appointed president of ‘International Association of Painters, Engravers and Sculptors’ by the UNESCO commission and in 1955 was awarded the Grand Prix National de Peinture. He passed away in Paris in 1962 at the age of 76.