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Elisabeth Boehm Ronget was born in 1896 in Conitz, Poland.
career as an artist is illustrative of the challenges faced by many
artists working at the beginning of the 20th century. Ronget was
schooled in traditional styles but quickly became engaged with the new
approach modernists were taking. What resulted for Ronget was a body of
work that combined the skill of traditional training with the
excitement and exploration encouraged by Cubism.
developed a passion for drawing at an early age. Her parents recognized
her interest and sent her to the School of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Her traditional schooling involved academic drawing classes, and
copying master paintings in museums.
At the turn of the century,
Viennese society was exploring the ideas of the avant-garde.
Secessionist movements began there as artists rebelled against
traditional restrictions on the definitions of art. It soon
became apparent to Ronget that what was occurring at a small level in
Vienna was taking place on a grander scale in Paris, London and
Berlin. Having perfected classical drawing technique, Ronget
moved to Berlin in 1926 and became associated with avant-garde artists
in the November Group.
In Berlin, Ronget was exposed to Cubism
and the works of Der Blaue Reiter that were working in a colorful
decorative style similar to the Fauves. With this exposure Ronget
understood that the early modernists were proposing an entirely new way
of making and considering art. Adopting the new tenets of
modernist painting, Ronget began exhibiting her Cubist pieces in
restaurants and bookstores. Some pieces were purchased which
encouraged her to continue. By 1930 the political situation in
Germany had become dangerous, and in 1931 Ronget moved to Paris.
She enrolled in the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and made a living
decorating restaurants as well as designing fabrics and wallpaper for
French fashion houses.
In Paris she met and married Paul Ronget,
a doctor, who introduced her to painter André Lhote. In Lhote's
studio Ronget discovered color and became familiar with the
revolutionary work of Paul Cézanne. Under the influence of Lhote,
Ronget's forms simplified and her palate changed to incorporate earth
tones of ochre, browns, mauves and blues. In the academic Cubism,
which assimilated by Ronget, forms are flattened and simplified,
backgrounds are reduced to fields of geometric pattern. Ronget's choice
of subject matter was in keeping with other Cubists and included card
players, musical instruments, and people gathered at bar.
In 1934, Ronget began exhibiting at the Salon d'Automne with André
Lhote. A series of one woman exhibitions followed and resulted in
sales to collectors throughout Western Europe. In 1941, after the
invasion of France, Ronget and her husband moved to Provence.
Although she never returned to Paris she continued to participate in
exhibitions. In 1946 she showed at the Salon des Indépendants; in
1953 at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles; and in 1956 at the Salon des
Ronget died at the age of 66.
Biography courtesy of Kristin Poole.
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