GASTON LA TOUCHE
Gaston La Touche (1854-1913) was born in Saint-Cloud, a suburb of Paris. His artistic talent was evident from a young age and his parents paid for La Touche to have drawing lessons throughout his teenage years from a teacher known only as Monsieur Paul. At the start of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 the entire La Touche family moved to Normandy for safety and La Touche’s formal artistic training came to an abrupt end.
In 1875 La Touche made his debut at the Paris Salon with a bas-relief portrait of the actor François Jules Edmond Got and several etchings. In the late 1970s La Touche came into contact with Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Félix Bracquemond as well as leading artistic and literary figures including Emile Zola, at the infamous meeting place for Impressionist painters Le Café de la Nouvelle Athènes in Paris. While Manet had no direct influence on La Touche’s work, they shared in common, as did Zola, a commitment to presenting the truth through their art.