Alphonse Quizet

Born. 13 March 1885 in Paris
Died  7 March 1955 in Paris

Landscape- and Architecture artist

About the artist

Alphonse Quizet was born on 13 March 1885 in Paris. The family moved to the Butte Montmartre when Quizet was very young. At ten years old, he would often miss school and go to visit the Louvre and practice with his paints. He had taken drawing and painting courses at the Académie des Beaux-Arts at an early age and produced early works at 15. He managed to complete his schooling at École Superieure Colbert and started an apprenticeship with the Paris Omnibus. He left this position to study architecture where he discovered his love of architectural painting.  The Compagnie des autobus de Paris offered him a position as a draughtsman and he worked for them until his retirement.

He had been painting with his friend Maurice Utrillo since 1903, capturing the architecture and life in Paris, especially in and around the Montmartre district.

In 1914, he was admitted to the Salon de la Société des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Grand Palais for the first time, with the painting Montmartre, la rue Saint-Vincent au Printemps.

At the outbreak of World War I Quizet served in the army until March 1919. On his return, the family moved around Paris before finally settling in the Quartier de l’Amérique development in 1920, where he would live out the rest of his life.

Between 1919 and 1922 he exhibited at the Salon several times and became a member of the Salon d’Automne in 1926.

In 1931 he received a silver medal at the International Exhibition in Paris and was awarded a Knight of the Legion of Honor. Quizet was highly regarded during his lifetime becoming a member and president of several Salons.

Alphonse Quizet died at home on 7 March 1955 and was buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery.