Georgette Agutte

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Georgette Agutte in her studio
Georgette Agutte, The White and Green Hat

Georgette Agutte (17 May 1867 in Paris – 5 September 1922) was a French painter.


She was the daughter of Jean Georges Agutte. In 1893 she joined Gustave Moreau's classes as a free pupil, and retained his teachings on the freedom of mind and independence.[1] She also met Matisse and Georges Rouault among others.[1]

Agutte was a non-conformist and the only woman to attend the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She was a member of the Fauvist movement and a sculptor. Her studio was in Bonnières-sur-Seine.

In 1888, she married the critic Paul Flat. After her divorce in 1894, she married Marcel Sembat in 1897.[1]

From 1904 on, she exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and participated in the Salon d'Automne.

After her husband's death she wrote on a note: "Voilà douze heures qu’il est parti. Je suis en retard" (He left 12 hours ago, I'm late) and committed suicide, dying in Chamonix on 5 September 1922. Knowing the importance of their collection, the Conservator of the Museum of Grenoble, Andry-Farcy, made every effort to obtain it. A retrospective was presented at the end of December 2003.

A street is named after her in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.


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