Aimé BARRAUD (1902-1954) ✿

Aimé Victor Barraud (1902–1954) was a Swiss painter, representing the New Objectivity, movement which emerged after the war. The seven children of the Barraud family were born at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel at the turn of the twentieth century.

Aimé Barraud attended evening courses at the École d'Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds from 1913-1919 and contributed to the meager family income with odd jobs during the day.  Together with his brothers, who were also artistically active, he exhibited his paintings for the first time in 1917 on his parents' floor.

In 1922 he went with his brother François Émile first to Reims and then to Paris, where he worked for a master painter and occasionally presented pictures. An exhibition in the Fabre Gallery in 1926 led to the long-awaited success. From then on he exhibited in numerous salons and museums in France and Switzerland and undertook study trips to numerous European countries. In 1938 he settled permanently in Neuchâtel. In addition to oil paintings, Barraud created a large number of watercolours, drawings and prints. He became known above all for his portraits and still lifes of strict objectivity and smoothness, sharp contours and cool colors

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