Louis LatapieFrench, 1891-1972
Louis Robert Arthur Latapie was born July 11, 1891 in Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France. He studied art at many different schools including the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and in 1907, he studied with Jacques Lipchitz at the Académie Julian. Three years later, in 1910, he studied with Sérusier at the Académie Ranson, where he later taught from 1923-1924.
Latapie was drafted in 1912, and served on the front lines during World War I; he was discharged in 1919.
In 1922 Latapie exhibited his Cubist work with well-known French artist Jacques Villon. He also exhibited in numerous Salons including Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1920 and, beginning in 1923, the Salon des Tuileries.
Latapie had work in the 1924 Venice Biennale and the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1936, 1937, 1941, 1946, and 1947. He had solo shows in Paris in 1929, 1938, 1954, 1956, 1965, 1969, and 1982.
His museum exhibitions include shows at the Palais des Papes à Avignon in 1971; Musée de Melun in 1985; Musée Rapin de Villeneuve-sur-Lot; Musée des Augustins de Toulouse in 1988.
Latapie also worked as a book illustrator including La Princesse de Babylone by Voltaire, La Maison du Berger by Alfred de Vigny, among many others. He also sketched the under-paintings for tapestries and painted murals.