Antoine Bouvard (FRENCH 1875-1957)

Biography – Antoine Bouvard

Known as Antoine Bouvard or Marc Aldine but according to his family was born Eloi-Noel Isidore Beraud, in Saint-Etienne, to unknown parents. In 1885 he was placed in a foster home at Toul until 1894.

Antoine Bouvard attended a course at Beaux-Arts where he studied and copied old masters before forming his own style around 1900. He painted in the Barbizon style as well as some Art Nouveau scenes signed N.Beraud and Pelletier. During this period up to the end of the 1920s he also used watercolour and gouache.

From 1902 to the end of 1910 hAntoine Bouvard drew a series of postcards for British business which introduced him to the British public. In 1912 his son Eloi-Noel, also an artist, was born and during the following wartime years his output was eclectic.

After the war.

After the war in 1919 he returned to Paris to design models and publicity posters. In 1924 he moved to Val d’Oise and set up his studio and worked on his garden. 1925 was to bring a contract to illustrate children’s books under the name Luda or Beraud.

The turning point came in 1930 when he discovered Venice and he decided to dedicate the rest of his efforts to only painting Venice. Eloi met Ruben Santoro (1859-1942) who became a friend and mentor.

In Nice on his way back from Venice he signed a contract with an art gallery whose owner suggested using the pseudonym of Marc Aldine. This is one of two names he used for the rest of his career. The other name, Bouvard, was suggested by an English gallery to appeal to the British market.

Antoine Bouvard died at his family home aged 82 in 1957.

Related artists: Pierre de Clausade, Marcel Dyf and Norman Wilkinson.

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Antoine Bouvard Original Artist Signed oil painting of Venice

Title: “Venice”
Medium: Original signed oil painting

Antoine Bouvard Marc Aldine Original Artist Signed oil painting of Venice

Title: “Venice”
Medium: Original signed oil painting