Louis Labro-Font was born in Paris in 1881. Labro-Font’s architectural training gave a precise, methodical approach to his painting. He studied the division of light into its colored elements. With the passing of time his palette became clearer in order to better reproduce the atmosphere’s fluidity, as well as to capture the coloring of the shadows and reflected light. He ceased to use the heavy and dull colors. As his personality became more assertive, he transformed his technique, which by then was attuned with the technique of the masters, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley.
Like Monet, he worked extensively in Rouen and left us magnificent paintings of the Cathedral, of the old cobbled streets, as well as of the port and its surrounding.
He pursued his work as an architect for the City of Paris, while, at the same time, being approached for his paintings by the greatest art dealers of the time. Little by little, Louis Labro-Font journeyed farther from Paris, moving to the South of France, where his research on light took him to Marseilles and to the Vaucluse region.
There he found the colors and light corresponding to his palette. The sunny hillsides, the hay stacks that were so dearly cherished by the impressionist great masters, the village squares shaded by palm trees, and the country fairs are among the subjects wonderfully treated by him.
He painted very beautiful landscapes in the Drome region, for whenever he traveled he always carried his palette, his tubes of paints, his brushes for oil paintings, and also paper and gouache for his aquarelles.
Now, more than forty years later, Louis Labro-Font’s heirs have made available a large collection of his finest works. A number of both oils and aquarelles are being prepared for a museum tour throughout the United States.
Louis Labro-Font died in 1952.