|| |Marcel-Louis BAUGNIET - Tapis vert rose sur fond noir
Gouache - 1930
35 x 26 cm. Price :
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Project for a carpet, 1930
Exhibited at the Brussels Town Hall in 1996.
Illustrated in the catalogue. Baugniet studied at the art academy in Brussels from 1915 to 1918. His first works were influenced by Gustav Klimt and the belgian symbolist Khnopff. In 1921 Baugniet moved to Paris and studied at the Academy of "La Grande Chaumière" in Montparnasse. He soon became interested in cubism, abstract art and, above all, in russian suprematism : Malevich and Lissitsky. He was also influenced by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka. In 1924, he became a founding member of the avant-garde group "7 Arts". During that period Baugniet was one of the pioneers of constructivist art in Belgium. He became an interior decorator and furniture designer, working in the spirit of the Bauhaus movement. His motto was "the beautiful is the useful". His designs were exhibited at the Brussels world exhibition fair in 1958. In the early 1970's there was a renewed interest in abstract art when the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels organized a retrospective "The first Belgian Abstracts" in 1972. Group 2 Gallery organized a one-man show of he artist in 1994 when, at 98, Baugniet was the oldest living artist in Belgium.