Henri-Alexandre SOLLIER

(1886-1966)

Entered the Académie Julian in 1906. A painter, draughtsman and lithographer, he was born in Bagnolet, near Paris, and was also graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts.

After the interruption of the First World War a fruitful decade ensued of prizes and awards, enabling him to undertake extensive travels. He went to Africa and brought back many paintings that he then exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français. In 1935 Sollier went to Brittany to live. The place had been popular with painters ever since Eugène Boudin’s repeated visits there between 1874 and 1880. Among them, Charles Cottet and Georges Lacombe left strongly contrasting representations of the site. During the 1940s, without leaving Brittany, Sollier began to explore new genres and new places. He twice tried mythological painting, immediately winning the Prix James Bertrand at the 1944 Salon. He then started painting landscapes from the Seine-et-Marne and Burgundy, with a deliberate detour to the village of Murols in Auvergne, which had witnessed whole colonies of landscape artists, from Théodore Rousseau to Victor Charreton. He died in 1966 in Paris.