Michel-Auguste Collé was born in Baccarat (Meurthe-et-Moselle) in 1872. Orphaned at the age of 15, Collé became a gilder and engraver's apprentice. It was during this period that he realised his love of drawing and painting, aided by the encouragment from the painter Charles Peccatte (1850-1918). However it was another lover of art, Eugene Corbin, who introduced Collé to fellow artists in Nancy: Charles Meixmoran, Émile Friant and Victor Prouvé. In contract with Corbin until 1911, Michel Auguste Collé painted nearly five hundred canvases and watercolours. Thereafter, Collé wanted to discover other areas and travelled often, finding inspiration in Savoy, Corsica and North Africa.

Following the First World War, he was allured in Brittany by the particular light of the salt-water marshes and the landscapes of the peninsula of Guérande. This revelation was to transform his palette and to diversify his techniques, as certain canvases are in the pointillist style, while others are created with the palette knife.

In 1940, he finally settled in the village of Kervalet, close to Batz-sur-Mer. It was there, during the Second World War, that he was encouraged to diversify his subjects of inspiration, and he turned to church interiors and portraits.

Michel-Auguste Collé died in 1949.


Michel-Auguste Collé (1872-1949)

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