Louis Levacher

Louis Levacher (15 August 1934, Fécamp – 7 March 1983, Harfleur) was a French painter and sculptor.

Louis Levacher
Louis LEVACHER.jpg
BornAugust 15, 1934
DiedMarch 7, 1983 (aged 48)
Harfleur, Normandy
NationalityFrench
Spouse(s)Michèle Moreau (1942-2012),
artist

LineageEdit

The Levacher family is first mentioned in Contremoulins archives around the late XVIIIth century and seems to originally come from Valmont region. Subsequently, the older branch of the family moved to Montivilliers while the younger branch moved to Criquebeuf-en-Caux, Yport, Saint-Valery-en Caux, and finally to Fécamp. Members of this younger branch made their living as millers, then farmers, eventually becoming rope makers. Under the French Restoration, the Levachers of Fécamp gradually became merchants and ship-owners, ascending into the local petite bourgeoisie and enjoying a quick rise in social status. The family, however, would only hold this position for little less than a century.[citation needed]

Louis Levacher's grandfather, a ship-owner and merchant also named Louis (1877–1949), was awarded the cross of Verdun and handed over his business management to his wife, Marguerite Grivel. His son, Louis' father and also named Louis (1911–1988) owned a smokehouse whose buildings still partly belong to the family. Louis' mother, Denise Thomas (1913–2003), was a seamstress from a Doudeville family that dates back to the XVIIth century.[1]

Early life and backgroundEdit

Louis (1934–1983) was an only child and was born five years before the start of the Second World War. His parents divorced during the war. While his grandfather's endeavors continued in spite of the war, his father's were hampered by his deployment in 1940.

Louis married Michèle Moreau (1942–2012)[when?] and soon after his marriage, Louis had to leave for Algeria[why?].

Louis and Michèle had three children: two sons and a daughter. The eldest son was named "Louis", continuing the family tradition.

Louis Levacher worked as a driver, as well as a painter and sculptor: it is for his artistic work that he is remembered. Art was very much a family endeavor for the Levachers: Louis and his wife Michèle worked together, creating works with a highly original, avant-garde style. Michèle exhibited her work in various places, including the Basque country. While well-recognized both in Normandy and beyond, their art did not make them rich. His daughter also specialized in collage and sculpture, exhibiting her work in the region several times.

Style and techniqueEdit

 
Sculpture of Louis Levacher

Levacher used multiple techniques in his art, including painting and sculpture. His paintings, mixed figurative and abstract, often using large formats. His sculptures mix genres, with wood being used to represent saints or being formed into richly detailed totems.

Exhibitions in FranceEdit

  • Biennale de Saint-Brieuc
  • Salon de Rouen
  • Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris
  • UHAP Salon, Le Havre
  • Great Salon and Youth of Today, Paris
  • Living in the city of Le Havre
  • Salon d'Automne, Paris
  • SAD Salon, Paris
  • Salon Grand Quevilly
  • Salon de Montrouge, Trappes
  • Principle Gallery, Paris
  • Laubie Gallery, Paris
  • Beauvau Gallery, Paris
  • Galerie de France, Paris
  • Gallery "The Duplex," Le Havre
  • Centre of Art and Culture, Castle Vascœuil
  • Cultural Centre in Val Sandstone, Bolbec
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain de Rouen and Abbey Ourville
  • Museum of Menton
  • Museum of the Future, Paris
  • Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
  • National Library, Paris
  • Library of Vichy
  • Library of Rouen
  • Maison de la Culture in Le Havre
  • "Horizon Youth", Grand Palais, Paris
  • Espace Cardin, Paris
  • "50 polychrome sculptures," Forume of Beaubourg, Paris
  • "International Exhibition of sculpture," Le Vaudreuil

Exhibitions abroadEdit

  • Show Mouscron, Belgium
  • Royal Windsor Gallery, Brussels
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • "Research and Expression" exhibition, the United States and Japan
  • Assessment of Contemporary Art, Quebec
  • Zoetermeer, Netherlands

SourcesEdit

  • Documentation belonging to the family Levacher.
  • Documentation belonging to the family Grivel
  • Soublin, Leopold (1991). Cent ans de pêche à Terre-Neuve (One Hundred Years of fishing in Newfoundland) (in French). Henri Veyrier. ISBN 978-2851995704.
  • Municipal Archives and Contremoulins Fécamp

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Louis Levacher", Wikipédia (in French), 18 August 2018, retrieved 19 June 2019