Achille Laugé

( August 29, 1861 - June 2, 1944 )

French pointillist painter. Achille Laugé was a French Neo-Impressionist painter known for his depictions of light-filled landscapes. Born on April 29, 1861, in Arzens, France, he began his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts under Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Paul Laurens. In Paris, he met the sculptor Aristide Maillol, with whom he shared a studio and maintained a long friendship. Laugé was influenced by the Pointillist works of Georges Seurat but never adhered to the strictly chosen palette of the latter artist. Throughout the rest of his career, Laugé remained steadfast in his use of broken brushstrokes to depict the French countryside. The artist died on June 2, 1944, in Cailhau, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others.