Louis Bouche

born New York City 1896-died Pittsfield, MA 1969
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Louis Bouche in his studio, © Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0001232
New York, New York, United States
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States

Painter, muralist and teacher at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. In the 1920s he managed Wanamaker's Belmaison Galleries, the first modern art gallery in a department store in New York City.

Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)

Luce Artist Biography

Louis Bouché's father knew many art dealers and Louis remembered playing in galleries as a child, surrounded by European paintings. He moved to France when he was thirteen and repeatedly missed lessons so that he could attend the Académie Colarossi and the Grande Chaumière art schools. His mother eventually found him a tutor in Brittany, and the young artist spent several summers there, painting images of the landscape and local fishermen. Bouché returned to America after the outbreak of World War I and settled in New York, where he painted murals and taught at the Art Students League. (Louis Bouché, Oral History, August 7, 1959, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)