Sunday, February 3, 2013

French Fauvisme: Georgette Agutte

Bord de Seine à l’automne
Musée de Grenoble (Isère, France)

Georgette Agutte (1867 – 1922) was a French painter.
Agutte was a non-conformist and the only woman to attend the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She was a member of the Fauvist movement and a sculptor. Her studio was in Bonnières-sur-Seine.
In 1888, she married the critic Paul Flat. After her divorce in 1894, she married Marcel Sembat in 1897.
From 1904 on, she exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and participated in the Salon d'Automne.
After her husband's death she wrote on a note: "Voilà douze heures qu’il est parti. Je suis en retard" (He left 12 hours ago, I'm late) and committed suicide, dying in Chamonix on 5 September 1922.
A street is named after her in the XVIIIe arrondissement in Paris.

Below, a portrait of Georgette painted by her friend Modigliani