As free as the air and the provencal skies of Eygalières that he preferred to the Parisian highlife, Alfred Latour (1888-1964) is an artist whose copious work remains to be rediscovered. Engraver, poster designer, typographer, textile designer and talented photographer, Alfred Latour knew he was a painter and knew his future. At the moment several exhibitions are devoted to him in Provence.The first, at the Espace Van Gogh in Arles, presents his work and charts his course, from his successes in Paris and internationally, passing through the chaos of the two world wars that he survived, until his peaceful years in Eygalières. In parallel with a major body of pictorial work, for years he created fabrics that were taken up by the great players in haute couture and participated in the revival of graphic design and advertising in France and in Europe. At the same time, Alfred Latour’s photographic work is, for the first time, the subject of an institutional exhibition at the Musée Réattu, also in Arles. His work takes its legitimate place in the history of photography and comes together – at the time of an exhibition – on the walls of the first French art gallery to collect photography. Finally, the Maison des Consuls in Eygalières is showing a series of photographs produced by the artist in this Provencal village where he chose to spend the last thirty years of his life. In the role of photographer, Alfred Latour always maintained the attitude of a painter, the eyes of a painter, the mind of a painter, and that is what comprised his originality.
Alfred Latour, Expositions :
Espace Van Gogh – From 29th March to 2nd May 2018
18 Place Félix Rey 13200 Arles, France
Musée Réattu – From 29th March to 30th September 2018
10 Rue du Grand Prieuré 13200 Arles
Maison des Consuls d’Eygalières – From 28th March to 30th September 2018
Rue de la Vieille Église 13810 Eygalières, France