Robert Doisneau

1912 · France

Artist biography

Robert Doisneau is an established contemporary artist, who originates from France. Robert Doisneau was born in 1912. Also born in France around 1912 and of the same generation are Alfred Manessier, Nicolas Schöffer and Pierre Soulages.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Doisneau's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Galleries include Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, and ArteF in Zurich. Robert Doisneau most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles with the exhibition Toujours Paris: Through the Eyes of the French Humanist Movement. The exhibition was open from 27 October 2018 until 23 February 2019.

Historical Context of France

France stands out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today known as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and embraced progressive and ground-breaking movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by key figures of the art world. Applauded and leading French artists from the early years of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he originally was a Spanish national who relocated in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most important and intellectual artistic centre at the onset of the century and supported the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which flourished in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Doisneau

Born in 1912, Robert Doisneau's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1930s. globally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. The era took a sinister turn with the dawn of National Socialism in Germany, and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The decade would conclude in the inset on the Second World War; a political and social uproar that preoccupied not only artists, but large swathes of the global population.

Robert Doisneau

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