1861 - 1924
Born 21 September 1861, in Pully (Lausanne); died 16 July 1924, in Paris.
Painter. Portraits, genre scenes, interiors with figures, still-lifes.
Marius Borgeaud started out as something of a playboy, travelling the world and squandering his inheritance. He finally settled down in Paris, where he studied at the Institut Cormon, then at the Académie de la Grande-Chaumière, where he made the acquaintance of up-and-coming French painters. He exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris between 1909 and 1923 and at the Salon des Tuileries in 1924. Examples of his work were shown in 2001 at La Cohue Museum in Vannes ( The Golden Age of Painting in Brittany ( L’Âge d’Or de la Peinture en Bretagne)) and retrospectives were held in 1994 at the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in Roubaix and at the Fondation Giannada in Martigny (Switzerland).
His subject matter was drawn from Brittany, Spain and Switzerland (where he was obliged to return for the duration of World War I). His distinct personal style did not emerge fully until he was around forty years old. He proved to be an acute observer of family life and produced genre compositions which had an intrinsic and unusual dignity. He was content to focus on what were essentially banal subjects – a church interior, a town hall, a bistro or a corner shop – but he rendered them faithfully and without symbolic overtones. He also painted portraits and still-lifes.
Borgeaud painted in a style somewhat reminiscent of the Nabis (not least in his Breton canvases) and, more especially, his fellow countryman Félix Vallotton. In his series of interiors, he often elected to paint bedrooms in the form of still-lifes ( Red Bedroom, 1910). His most accomplished (and most widely acclaimed) work appeared immediately before his death in 1924.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Lausanne (Cantonal MFA): Breton Woman Passing By
Vannes: Bistro; Red Bedroom (La Chambre rouge) (1910, oil on canvas)
Vannes (Collection du Conseil Général du Morbihan): Red Bedroom (La Chambre rouge) (1910, oil on canvas)