Boussingault, Jean-Louis

1883 – 1943

Born in 1883 to a bourgeois family, Jean-Louis Boussingault studied art in Paris where he specialized in lithography. His youth was spent as a bon vivant, painting in the company of the luminaries of Montmartre. The intervention of World War I, his injuries and his disastrous marriage transformed him from an easy going dandy into a depressed recluse and a work-a-holic. The cloud lifted in the 1930s and he returned to a more positive vision of humanity. His later works are once more a testament to the joie de vivre that he expressed in his early prints.