Léopold-Lévy ( Léopold-Lévy aka)

1882 1966
(France) 1882 /   (France) 1966

Léopold-Lévy was the youngest child in a family of industrialists. His father was originally from Sélestat, in the Alsace region. He opted for France in 1870 in order to avoid being subject to German authority. He was an art lover, spent time at the Drouot hotel, collected works by Courbet and Corot and passed his taste of art on to his son. Léopold-Lévy lost his father at the age of eleven and decided to become a painter. He failed the entrance examination at the Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) in Paris and spent much time at the Louvre where he admired works by Cézanne and Renoir. He met the sculptor Charles Despiau and the painter Georges Linaret (who suddenly died in 1905). This group met to paint and talk at the Luxembourg Gardens. Léopold-Lévy produced cartoons for several journals including Rire and Pêle-Mêle.

In 1900, Léopold-Lévy exhibited his paintings for the first time at the Salon des Indépendants, at the fairground group of huts in Cours-la-Reine.

In 1914, Léopold-Lévy was mobilized to join the army. After the war, he left Paris and discovered Italy and Provence. Between 1920 and 1922, he met Jean Dufy and Jean Marchand in Cassis. The next year, in La Ciotat, Léopold-Lévy went out with Georges Braque and André Derain who lived near him. From 1927, he spent his time between Aix-en-Provence and Paris. He left for Istanbul in 1936 to run the Painting Department at the School of Fine Arts. During these years when he was teaching, he only exhibited his work twice, at the Art Academy in Istanbul and at the French consulate. Léopold-Lévy returned to France in 1949 and spent his time between Provence and Paris.