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Amédée Ozenfant

"I call art everything that remedies real life in carries us above."


Notes of biography

Born in the north of France in 1886, Amédée Ozenfant learnt to draw at the Quentin-La Tour Municipal School in Saint Quentin, his hometown. He moves to Paris in 1907, works in an architectural office and attends the Palette Academy. He exhibits at the Salon d’Automne in 1910.
From 1909 to 1913, he takes many trips to Russia, Italy, Belgium, Holland, etc. Unfit for military service in the First World War, he founds the revue ‘Elan’ and creates ties between the mobilised artists and those, like him, who were not participating in the war. During this period, his style is cubist, then futurist and abstract. He wants to rise above these phases and begins research ‘for a more pure art form’.
In 1917, Ozenfant, meets the architect and painter Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier). The Thomas Gallery in Paris organizes the first purist exhibition in 1917. In 1918, he publishes with Le Corbusier, the Purist manifesto: ‘After Cubism’. Ozenfant is cofounder, in 1920, of the revue ‘L’Esprit Nouveau’ (The New Spirit), a revue of the purist movement.
In 1924, he opens with Fernand Léger a studio in Paris, a studio that Alexandra Exter and Marie Laurecin get involved in. From 1925-1929, Ozenfant teaches at the Modern Academy in Paris. He starts to detach himself from purism. His first solo exhibition is organized in 1928. The artist founds the Academy of Art, in his own name, in 1932 in Paris, then in 1936 one in London.
Like other artists, he emmigrates to the United States on the eve of the Second World War and founds in New York the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts. Ozenfant takes American nationality in 1944, that he gives up in 1955, on his return to France. He paints views of the sky and uncluttered architecture. Ozenfant publishes numerous books on art and on art theories and he becomes an authority on these subjects.
He opens his last studio in Cannes, the town where he dies in 1966.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
* « L'œuvre peint », P. M. Guenegan, Ed. Landwell & Leeds Ltd, 2012 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Le manifeste du purisme » , A. Ozenfant et Le Corbusier, Ed. des auteurs, 1916
  • « L'Esprit nouveau », revue créée par A. Ozenfant et Le Corbusier, 28 n°s, 1920
  • « Ozenfant », John Golding, cat., Ed. Gallery M. Knoedler, New York, 1973
  • « Ozenfant and Purism : the evolution of a style 1915-1930 » Ball UMI Press 1981
  • « Amédée Ozenfant », Musée Antoine Lécuyer, Saint-Quentin, 1985
  • « Ozenfant », in revue Beaux-Arts magazine n°31, janv. 1986
  • « Ozenfant : regard sur la modernité », La Malmaison, Cannes, 1997
  • Après le cubisme », A. Ozenfant et Le Corbusier, Ed. Altamira, 1999
  • In « L'esprit Nouveau : purism in Paris 1918-1925 », C.S. Eliel, Abrams, NY 2001
  • « Amédée Ozenfant », Françoise Ducros, Ed. Cercle d'Art, 2002
To read from the artist :
  • « Art », Jean Budry et Cie, Paris, 1928
  • « Mémoires 1886-1962 », K. Granoff, R. Cogniat, Ed. Seghers, Paris 1968
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ PURISM / 1920-1927 / Marcelle Cahn, Otto Gustav Carlsund, etc.
+ ABSTRACTION-CREATION / 1931-1938 / Etienne Béothy, Frantisek Kupka, Piet Mondrian, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Georges Vantongerloo, etc.
+ MAGIC REALISM / 1935-1980 / Pierre Roy, Albert Carel Willink, Grant Wood, etc.
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