François Barraud

François Barraud

Self-portrait, 1931
Born François-Emile Barraud
(1899-11-24)24 November 1899[1]
La Chaux-de-Fonds,[2] Switzerland
Died 11 September 1934(1934-09-11) (aged 34)[1]
Geneva, Switzerland[1][2]
Nationality Swiss
Known for Painting
"La Tailleuse de Soupe", 1933, Oil on canvas

François Barraud (24 November 1899 – 11 September 1934) was a Swiss painter.[1][2]

Barraud was the second eldest of four brothers who all painted or sculpted at various points in their lives.[2] The brothers, François, Aimé, Aurèle and Charles, were largely self-taught artists having been raised as professional plasterers and house painters.[1][2] Barraud attended evening classes at the local art school in 1911 together with his brothers.[1] In 1919, he exhibited his paintings in La Chaux-de-Fonds and participated in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Basel.[3] Encouraged by the success of the exhibitions he left Switzerland in 1922, and moved to Reims in France where he worked as a house painter for two years.[1][3] He married Marie, a French woman, in 1924.[3][4] Marie subsequently featured as a model in several of his paintings.[3][4] Around 1924 or 1925, Barraud found work in Paris as an artist and craftsman.[4] While living in Paris he studied painting at the École du Louvre.[1][4]

François Barraud painted mainly still lifes, female nudes and portraits, including several double portraits of himself and his wife, Marie[2][5] His precise, realist style of painting developed under the influence of the old Flemish and French masters he had studied at the Louvre.[2]

Barraud suffered periods of illness throughout his life and died of tuberculosis in Geneva, in 1934, at the age of 34.[2]

Arthur Stoll held a major collection of François Barraud's works. His works are also held in the Musée des beaux-arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Coninx Museum in Zurich and the Foundation for Art, Culture and History in Winterthur.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Düchting, Hajo; Wieland Schmied; Hypo-Kulturstiftung (2001). Der kühle Blick: Realismus der Zwanzigerjahre in Europa und Amerika (in German). Prestel Verlag. p. 104. ISBN 3-7913-2513-2.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "François Barraud and his brothers" (in German). kunstaspekte. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Crittin, Pierre-Jean (1998). "Datenblatt" (in French). Schweizerische Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "JAHRESBERICHT 2005 - 85. Jahresbericht des Kunstvereins Winterthur" (PDF) (in German). Kunstmuseum Winterthur. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. "Die Farben der Melancholie in der Neuenburger Malerei 1820-1940, von Léopold Robert bis François Barraud" (PDF) (in German). MAHN (Museum of art and history). 2004. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
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