Tropezian, Venetian and Aixois by Vincent Roux
Summarised biography and list of selected exhibitions

Vincent Roux by Jean-Michel Royer
1. Harlequin
2. Sior Maschera
3. The artistic young dandy
4. The Aixois
5. The Tropézien
6. Portrait painter
7. Freeze-frame
8. European
9. Orientalist
10.  The Venetian
11.  End Game

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Vincent Roux was born in Marseille on the 1st December 1928. After secondary school, he entered the Ecole nationale des beaux-arts of Marseille. During his time there he received the Torrents prize for painting in 1951 and the Claverie prize in the following year. In 1953, he joined the Académie Julian in Paris. Albert Gleizes was his main mentor at the Académie but Brianchon, Dunoyer de Segonzac, MacAvoy and Matisse were also amongst his teachers. From then on, he divided his time between Saint Tropez, Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Venice.


His first exhibition took place at the Prefecture of Marseilles in 1948. At the age of nineteen, the artist won the prize of the Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône. Among his later exhibitions were the following :

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       1950 : Salon d'automne, Paris.
       1950,1951,1952 : Vachon, Saint-Tropez.
       1952 : Amis des Arts, Aix-en-Provence.
       1952-1953 : Moullot, Marseille.
       1953 : Doucet, Paris.
       1956 : Jouvène et Puget, Marseille ; Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
       1957 : Wildenstein, Paris ; Little Studio Madison Avenue, New-York.
       1958, 1959 et 1960 : Galerie 93, Paris.
       1961 : Town Hall, Cassis.
       1962 : Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam.
       1963 : Villa d'Este, Chicago.
       1964 : Le Buisson ardent, Aix-en-Provence.
       1965, 1969, 1972 : Les Enfants terribles, Megève.
       1967 : Georges Barry, Saint-Tropez.
       1967-1968 : Merenciano, Marseille ; Spinazzola, Aix-en-Provence.
       1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 : Emmanuel David, Paris.
       1971-1972 : Philippe Tallien, Saint-Tropez.
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       1973 : Palais de l'Europe, Menton.
       1975-1976 : Les Pâris d'Hélène, Aix-en-Provence.
       1976 : Sauveur Stammegna, Marseille.
       1977 : Saint-Martin, Saint-Tropez ; Art Forum, Monte-Carlo.
       1979 : "Musée Du Jeu De Paume" vu par Vincent Roux, Saint-Tropez.
       1983 : Galerie française, Munich.
       1983 -1984 : Josée Chapuis, Valence.
       1985 : Museum of Old Aix, Aix-en-Provence.
       1986 : La Mamounia, Marrakech.
       1987 : "Vie d'artiste", Musée d'Art moderne de Toulon.
       1990 : 'The Thirteen Europes of Vincent Roux', Vasarely Foundation,
       1998 : "Homage to Vincent Roux", Ambassade du Tourisme,
       1999 : "Vincent Roux and Provence", Musée du Vieil Aix,
       2006 : Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence, Video, Site Internet et conférence par Jean-Michel Royer
       2007 : Château Hôtel de la Messardière, Saint-Tropez "Le Saint-Tropez de Vincent Roux"
       2008 : Salle Jean Despas, Saint Tropez "Les Peintres de Saint-Tropez"

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Paris 22nd January 1971

You would make me very happy if you came to my gallery where I am showing from the 5th to the 27th February a group of recent paintings by Vincent Roux. You will see, when you look at his work how much this young painter can communicate to us in vibrant colours the wonderment of his ever-delighted gaze.

You will see how easy it is to tear oneself away from the funereal fashion of today, to appreciate a painting on its own merits outside of all trends.

You will most of all see that it is still possible, in this destructive age, to paint beautiful creatures, beautiful things and to love life with sunshine in one's heart.

Emmanuel DAVID

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