1879 - 1960
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Louis Agricol Montagné was born in Avignonn in 1879. He was a French painter and watercolourist, a pupil of Paul Saïn and Fernand Cormon.
At the age of 21 he collaborated in 1900 with Paul Saïn on the decoration of the restaurant Le Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon in Paris. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon d’Automne in 1901 and was declared out of competition in 1911, which earned him a travel grant. Appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor, he was made an officer in 1932. Living in Paris and in the village of Angles, at the Château de Pontmartin, he was a member of the Groupe des Treize.
Montagné was appointed director of the School of Fine Arts in Avignon from 1920 to 1928 and curator of the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon museum. He illustrated with twenty watercolors the book by André Hallays, Avignon published in 1928 by Henri Babou. He headed several organizations such as the Committee for the Preservation of Sites and Monuments of Vaucluse, the Association of French Landscape Painters and the Association of French Watercolourists. He founded the Salon of drawing and watercolor painting.
Undergrowth of Provence, 65 x 81.2 cm – Dijon Museum of Fine Arts, Dijon
Portrait of Jules Belleudy at his desk – Musée Calvet, Avignon
View of Avignon – Museum of Grenoble, Grenoble
Morning on the banks of the Rhône in Avignon – Bernay Museum of Fine Arts, Bernay
Avignon, Sunset – Comtadin-Duplessis Museum, Carpentras
The main courtyard of the Calvet Museum – Calvet Museum, Avignon
The Ollargues Bridge – Alfred-Danicourt Museum, Péronne
Old street in Riez -Museum of Fine Arts of Troyes