French, 1890–1959

Marcel Roche "studied in Paris, at the Académie Julian and with Fernand Cormon at the École des Beaux-Arts. He participated in collective exhibitions in Paris, at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne, where he was a member of the committee.

"Alongside his painting, he also illustrated Poems (Poèmes) by Paul Morand, Women in Love (Les Amoureuses) by Alphonse Daudet and Paris, My Beautiful Loves (Paris, Mes Belles Amours) by C. Fegdal.

"There were several distinct periods in his work. In his early career he painted landscapes, often with figures, such as Ball in the Village Square and Arrival at the Harbour; and especially nudes, either on their own, as in Nude with Screen, Nude with Tapestry, Nude with Mill and Nude Woman Reading, or in groups, as in Bathers and Bathers Lunching. He had a natural feel for composition, which he adeptly developed after 1945, with greater attention to the profound sculptural reality of the object, particularly in his structured still-lifes, which communicate the authentic emotion of everyday reality.

"In 1955 he turned to engraving and, being self-taught and thus outside the traditions of the craft, he proved highly innovative" (Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006).

Museum Collections
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

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