Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac (1884-1974)

Biography

Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac was born in Boissy Saint Antoine on July 7th 1884 and spent his childhood there and in Paris. He attended the Free Academy of Luc-Olivier Merson and then went on to study at the Académie de la Palette.

His first submission to the Salon d'Automne was in 1908 and the following year he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. Segonzac went on to exhibit at both Salons for a number of years to follow. In 1914, the year of his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Levesque in Paris, he was drafted for military service in the First World War. The war had a huge impact on his works and between 1914-1918 he published and exhibited a number of war drawings. Segonzac found etching to be an agreeable medium to his spontaneous drawing style, and by the end of his life he had produced some 1600 plates.

Segonzac's etchings stood in contrast to the thickly painted surfaces and generally somber colour of his oil paintings, which reflected his admiration for Courbet and Cézanne. His subjects include landscapes, still lifes, and nudes. Prolific until the very end of his life as a painter in oils and watercolor, and as a printmaker, Segonzac died at the age 90 in September 1974.