Relaxing fashion designer

Louis Valtat

Dieppe 1869 - 1952 Paris

Oil on canvas, relined, 10.83 x 13.78 in. (27.5 x 35 cm). Signed lower right. Inscribed verso on the stretcher 'F326, E113-9, X30'. Housed in a handcarved french period frame, size 21.65 x 18.5 in. (55 x 47 cm).

This work is illustrated #2057 in the catalogue raisonné of Valtat, Jean. "Louis Valtat, Catalgoue de L'oeuvre Peint, 1869-1952", Tome I, Editions Ides et Calendes Neuchatel, 1977.

Private collection, USA
acquired at Phillips, New York on Mai 13, 1985
Sotheby's, New York October 18, 1979

Price: € 18,000 / $ 20,000


This painting belongs to a thematic group of the 1920s, when Valtat was inspired by the progressive and decorative subjects of fashion studios. One of these workshops was located on the upper floor of the building which also houses the Paris flat of the artist.

This painting is a witness of the happy and successful living and working of Valtat.


Valtat is noted as a key link that accounts for the stylistic transition in painting from Monet to Matisse. He is considered as one of the leaders and founders of the Fauvist movement (meaning "the wild beasts" for their wild, expressionist-like use of color), which did not formally begin until 1905 at the Salon d'Automne. Valtat was involved with the most influential groups of artists, such as Auguste Renoir, Paul Signac, Georges d'Espagnat and Maximilien Luce.


Louis Valtat was born in Dieppe on 8 August, 1869.

Valtat exhibited widely during his career. In 1894, Louis Valtat collaborated with both Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Albert André in creating the decor for the Paris theater L'Oeuvre.

Valtat suffered from tuberculosis, and he spent many autumn/winter seasons along the Mediterranean coast in Banyuls, Antheor and Saint-Tropez.

Often, Valtat and his family would visit Paul Signac in Bollée and Auguste Renoir in Cagnes. During these times, along the Mediterranean, Valtat's use of color became a major concern to him, and he began to express his Fauvist tendencies, particularly in painting seascapes and flowers.

In 1948 he lost due to glaucoma disease his eyesight almost completely.

Valtat died in 1952 in Choisel near Paris.


That same year the Salon d'Automne showed a very large first retrospective of his work, which documented to many visitors the multi-faceted talent and the value of this artist in the history of art.

Artworks from Valtat are on view in many museums worldwide, such as The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

handcrafted period quality frame