Villion, Jacques

Jacques Villon was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Cubist movement. Born Gaston Émile Duchamp in 1875, he was the brother of famed artists Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp, and Raymond Duchamp. Villon initially studied law at the University of Paris but subsequently abandoned it to pursue art instead, taking classes at the Académie Julian in 1904. 

He went on to work as a graphic artist for magazines and newspapers in Paris, where he befriended Fernand Léger and other painters of the avant-garde. 

Working in a colourful, geometric aesthetic, Villon maintained an interest in abstracting form from observation throughout his career. Even his most non-representational work is derived in some way from life, offering subtle suggestions of landscapes, still lifes, or figures amid his lively, graphic compositions. 

He died on June 9, 1963.

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