Amédée Ozenfant Paintings

Le Pichet Blanc, ca. 1926, oil on canvas, 19.75 x 24 in., Richard Green Gallery, London

Guitar and Bottles, 1920, oil on canvas, 31.7 x 39.3 in., Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Amédée Ozenfant (1886-1966) was a French cubist painter, who along with Le Corbusier established the Purism Movement in 1918. Purism was a style of Cubism that rejected the unstructured spontaneity and ornamental style of the original movement and advocated a more controlled balance of line, form and color.

Still Life with Bottles, ca. 1924, pastel on paper, 12.9 x 9.1 in., Sotheby's (sold in 2007)

Composition Puriste, ca. 1925, pencil, pastel and charcoal on paper, 18 x 9.5 in., Sotheby's (sold in 2007) 

Still Life with Bottles, 1922, oil on canvas, 51.13 x 38.25 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Still Life, 1920-21, oil on canvas, 32 x 39.6 in., San Francisco MOMA

The Vases, 1925, oil on canvas, 51.4 x 38.4 in., MOMA New York

Amédée Ozenfant, 1931, photo by Josef Albers

Amédée Ozenfant was born into a bourgeois family in Saint-Quentin, France in 1886. After graduating from college in Saint-Sébastian he returned home and began painting.  In 1904 he attended a drawing course and moved to Paris a year later to continue his studies.  He met Le Corbusier in 1917, who held similar opinions about the Cubist Movement. They both felt Cubism had become far too confused and decorative, believing in a more mechanical approach to art. That year they collaborated on a book titled Après le Cubisme, launching the Purist Movement. Its publication coincided with the first Purist exhibition held in Paris, which featured Ozenfant's work.

Over the next couple of decades Ozenfant continued to exhibit and promote Purist art; he even opened a free studio with Fernand Léger in Paris, where they both taught. In 1936 he moved to London and then to New York in 1938, founding art schools at both locations. He continued to teach and lecture throughout the US, until returning to France in 1955 where he remained until his death in 1966.  You can read more about Amédée here.

Works by Amédéd Ozenfant are in the permanent collections of major museums worldwide.

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