1886 - 1949
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Born 29 October 1886, in Colombier-Chatelot; died 14 February 1949, in Montbéliard.
Paul Dubois trained at the Académie Julian and the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He first exhibited in 1906 at the Salon des Artistes Français. In 1920, he showed a composition inspired by World War I and received the Salon’s silver medal, enabling him to stay at the villa Abd-El-Tif in Algiers for two years; this determined his career in Orientalism. In 1928 he was the official painter of the Hoggar Mountains mission and in 1931 decorated the Algerian pavilion at the Exposition Coloniale. Dubois illustrated The Puritans of the Southern Algerian Desert ( Les Puritains du Désert Sud-Algérien) (1944) by André Chevrillon. Paul Dubois shows occasionally Expressionist overtones his works especially with his large silhouettes of Tuaregs, brightly lit against a dark background.
Dubois’ work featured in thematic, collective exhibitions, including: All were Drawn to the South and the East. Comtois Artists on their Travels ( Ils Furent Tous Attirés par le Sud et par l’Orient. Les Artistes Comtois Voyageurs), Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Montbéliard (2002); Painters from the Other Shore. Algiers 1830-1930 ( Les Peintres de l’autre Rive. Alger 1830-1930), an exhibition organised within the framework of ‘Djazaïr, a year of Algeria in France’, Musée de La Castre, Cannes (2003); Luminous Algeria, Through the Eyes of Seascape Painters (1830-1960) ( Lumineuse Algérie, sous le Regard des Peintres de Marines (1830-1960)), Musée National de la Marine, Toulon (2003); The School of Algiers ( L’École d’Alger), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (2003). Dubois held a solo show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (1929), was awarded the Grand Prix National, the Prix de l’Institut, where he exhibited hors-concours, and sat on the panel of judges for the Salon de Paris.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Luxeuil-les-Bains (Mus. de la Tour des Échevins): Camp in the Hoggar Mountains (Campement dans le Hoggar) (1938, gouache/paper)
Paris (Mus. du Petit Palais)