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Sam MacVea et ses Soigneurs. 1922
(Sam MacVea and his attendants).
A celebrated painter and engraver, André Dunoyer de Segonzac studied art briefly at the Acadèmie de La Palette, Paris, soon giving this up in favour of an independent course, free of any masters. From 1908 he exhibited regularly at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. He was one of the modernists included in the Armory Show, New York in 1913, with later showings in Chicago and Boston. He had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Levesque, Paris in 1914, before being drafted for military service in World War I. Between 1914 – 1918 he published and exhibited a number of war drawings, and by the war’s end he had earned the Croix de Guerre. In 1919 Segonzac learned etching which he found to be a medium well suited to his artistic needs. He went on to produce some 1600 etchings. In 1947 he published a suite of etchings illustrating the Georgics of Virgil which has been described as ‘one of the most beautifully illustrated books of the 20th Century’.