Jules Cavaillès (1901-1977)

Post-Impressionists painter Jules Cavaillès was born in 1901 in Carmaux, commune in the Tarn department in southern France. Together with his contemporaries he formed the group known as ‘Painters of the Poetic Reality’.

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The early years, move to Paris

Cavaillès left for Paris in 1925 to study at the Académie Julian. Together with his wife Rose he went to live in the La Ruche district, an artistic environment where other famous artists such as Ossip Zadkine, Chaim Soutine en Amadeo Modigliani had previously lived and worked. To pay for his studies at the academy, he opened a small chemist shop. From 1928 he started exhibiting his work in various Parisian salons such as the Société des Artistes Français and the Salon d'Automne. In these early days of his career, his work was still very subdued in color.


Painters of the poetic reality

Jules Cavaillès was a member of the movement 'Les peintres de la réalité poétique' founded by Roland Oudot, Maurice Brianchon and Raymond Legueult in 1935. In 1936 Cavaillès organized his first exhibition at the Petit-Palais in Paris: the 14th exhibition of the Artistes de ce temps. In 1937 he received a scholarship from the Blumenthal Foundation and in the same year he exhibited his work at the well-known Galerie Druet in Paris. During the Second World War, Jules Cavaillès was an active member of the French resistance.


International recognition

After the Second World War in 1948, Jules Cavaillès exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale in Italy. After the war his work became more and more colorful, Cavaillès was a very versatile painter, his subjects are very diverse, from still-lifes to harbor views and from portraits to landscapes, all executed in bright contrasting colors that radiate joy. One of his favorite subjects was the port of Cannes painted through the open windows of his apartment in Cannes, France. In the later years, he and his wife Rose spent their time mostly between their apartments in Paris and Cannes.


Painter and dealer

In addition to being a very good painter, Cavaillès was also a good trader, he was able to sell his paintings easily and because of this his paintings were spread all over the world, from America to Japan. His work is represented in many museums and leading collections around the world such as in Paris, Toulouse, Chicago, Tokyo, and Helsinki.


For more information on the artist please visit the Jules Cavaillès Research Center