AIMÉ BARRAUD

1902 La Chaux-de-Fonds/Switzerland – 1954 Neuenburg/Switzerland

Coming from a modest background, Aimé and his brothers Charles, François and Aurèle have to contribute to the support of the household by doing unskilled work after school. With the money they can spare, the four sons continue their artistic training in evening classes at the local art school. Due to a serious illness of their father, the sons have to earn money as construction workers after finishing primary school. In 1922, Aimé moves with François to Reims, where they work as house painters and continue their artistic training. They move on to Paris, working again as construction workers while spending their Sundays studying art and visiting museums. François goes back to Reims and in his place Aurèle joins Aimé in Paris. Together they can exhibit twice at an art gallery.

In 1931, Aimé marries Simone Husson, born in 1910. She supports her husband when he quarrels with his art dealers, and following, he decides to exhibit in his hometown La Chaux-de-Fonds. The exhibition becomes a success, and he signs a ten-year contract with the art dealer Max Moos. The couple then moves to Geneva. In 1934, François, also under contract by Max Moos, dies. The attitude of the Geneva art dealer towards his brother induces Aimé to cancel his contract with him. In 1938, he moves with his family to Neuchâtel and finds a patron in 1943, which improves his financial situation. Over the years, the artist creates many paintings, drawings, and etchings, making him an important representative of Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) and later Realism.

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