L’Hote, Andre (1885-1962) – 1910 The Party of Pleasure (Private Collection)
French painter, sculptor, writer, and educator who was a prominent critic and teacher of modern art. He studied decorative sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux from 1898 to 1904. About 1905 he took up painting, and a year later he moved to Paris. Lhote initially painted colorful landscapes in a Fauvist style, but his mature works are Cubist in manner. Lhote’s most significant work was not as a visual artist, however, but rather as a writer who articulated Cubist theories and as an educator who influenced a generation of French artists. In 1922 he founded his own art school in Paris, the Académie Montparnasse.