14 November 1899
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
|Died||11 September 1934
Barraud was the second eldest of four brothers who all painted or sculpted at various points in their lives. The brothers, François, Aimé, Aurèle and Charles, were largely self-taught artists having been raised as professional plasterers and house painters. Barraud attended evening classes at the local art school in 1911 together with his brothers. In 1919, he exhibited his paintings in La Chaux-de-Fonds and participated in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Basel. 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. He married Marie, a French woman, in 1924. Marie subsequently featured as a model in several of his paintings. Around 1924 or 1925, Barraud found work in Paris as an artist and craftsman. While living in Paris he studied painting at the École du Louvre.
François Barraud painted mainly still lifes, female nudes and portraits, including several double portraits of himself and his wife, Marie His precise, realist style of painting developed under the influence of the old Flemish and French masters he had studied at the Louvre.
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.
- 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.
- "François Barraud and his brothers" (in German). kunstaspekte. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- Crittin, Pierre-Jean (1998). "Datenblatt" (in French). Schweizerische Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "JAHRESBERICHT 2005 - 85. Jahresbericht des Kunstvereins Winterthur" (PDF) (in German). Kunstmuseum Winterthur. 15 May 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "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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