Jean Puy (8 November 1876, Roanne, Loire - 6 March 1960, Roanne) was a French Fauvist artist. He studied architecture in Lyon and painting with Jean-Paul Laurens at l'Académie Julian between 1897 and 1898. He met Henri Matisse and other like-minded artists when he transferred to the l'Academie Carriere in 1899. He exhibited his work in 1901, then in an impressionist style, at the Salon des Indépendants ; later, as a Fauvist, he exhibited at the 1905 Salon d'Automne.
L'Illustration related the Salon d'Automne « scandal » and published reproductions of several paintings dubbed Fauve, among which Jean Puy's Flânerie sous les pins (Strolling through pine woods), together with Louis Vauxcelles' comment : « Mr. Puy, whose nude at the seashore reminds us of Cézanne's wide schematism, is presenting outdoor scenes where the volumes of things and beings are strongly established. »
Colors! Engaging, captivating, bewitching, coaxing, entrancing, ravishing colors! It seems we'll never stop feasting our eyes on them… (Jean Puy)
Olivier Sainsère :
Olivier Marie Sainsère is the son of Louis Sainsère (1811-1860), an important politician of Lorraine, former mayor of Bar-le-Duc and Thérèse Eugénie Andrée. Sainsère family belonging to the former Danish nobility, left Denmark around 1500, exiled following religious unrest, she settled in Normandy around Caen then, around 1700, the elder branch came to settle in Vaucouleurs where they became dealers in horses and amassed considerable goods.
He studied at Bar-le-Duc where he befriended Raymond Poincaré, then President of the Council. He was prefect at 39, State Councilor at 43, Jurisconsult, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Sub-Prefect of Fontainebleau, President of the Council of Painting Judges and corresponding member of the Institut de France.
A man of the world, his friends included Raymond Poincaré, Pablo Picasso and Édouard Pailleron.
"[...] He was a member of most of the great councils, if one dares to say of the Parliaments of the Art: he belonged to the council of the national museums, to the commission of the historical monuments, he brought to these assemblies his wise wisdom and strong conviction. He did not like the art only of a theoretical passion. He had surrounded himself with selected masterpieces with an infallible taste. At his home, the Monet neighbors with Seurat, Henri-Edmond Cross with Pierre Bonnard, Gauguin with Pissarro, Signac with Maurice Denis, K.-X. Roussel with Derain, Degas with Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec with Marquet, Henri Matisse with Picasso, Renoir with Redon, Guillaumin with Rappa, Maximilien Luce with Angrand. A great defender of the technical arts, he had collected admirable objets d'art: not those jewels reserved for nabobs, but masterpieces of taste and invention. He had very beautiful Decors, sumptuous Metheys, he had been first amateurs of Maurice Marinot. The exhibition of 1925 would have found in Olivier Sainsère a proven adviser. The death of this gallant man does not only afflict his friends; it is a public loss. "
He became one of the patrons of Pablo Picasso he discovered through the gallery B. Weill, Sainsère frequented his studio at the time of Fernande Olivier, and made many acquisitions ... Picasso owes Olivier Sainsère his regularization of papers of stay in France, his protection at the time of the case of the flight of La Joconde, and his meeting with the doctor Julien, responsible for the prison Saint-Lazare. Sainsère also encouraged Picasso to take a look at the condition of imprisoned women who became a source of inspiration for the artist's blue period.