Albert Marquet was a 19th century French artist and member of the Fauvism Art Movement. He was a lifelong friend of fellow French artist Henri Matisse. Marquet and Matisse met in Paris, where they were both studying. Although he painted for many years with the other Fauvist painters, Marquet used less intense colors than artists. He created mainly landscape oil paintings, and his color palette is more naturalist and softer in tone and style.
After 1907, Marquet divided his time between Paris and North Africa, where he painted seascapes with views of Algiers and Tunis. He also painted in Venice and Naples, using a style more reminiscent of the Impressionists painters. His body of work also includes female nude paintings. Nude au Divan 1912 and Le Femme Blonde 1919 are featured in our catalog of Famous Nude Paintings.
Generally regarded as a minor artist, Abert Marquet's paintings were admired by later American artists and influenced American figurative artists.