Claire-Lise Monnier (1894-1978) - Oeuvres 1920-1940
Claire-Lise Monnier was born in Geneva in 1894 of a French father and Swiss mother who were both writers and entertained artists, musicians and writers at their home in Monthoux (Haute Savoie). She first studied painting and drawing with a local art teacher Elizabeth de Stoutz but decided to follow her younger brother to Paris in 1915 and enrolled at the Académie Ranson in the studios of Sérusier, Vuillard, Roussel and Vallotton, while taking classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Maurice Denis. She lived at 25 Boulevard Montparnasse where she met Modigliani and Soutine. In 1917, however, she returned to Switzerland although regularly exhibiting at the major Paris Salons. She was always fascinated by all Bohemian aspects of life and particularly liked depicting café scenes and bustling markets but especially the circus (in 1935, she followed a touring circus throughout Belgium and Holland). In 1931, she married the landscape artist Paul Mathey, and settled near Geneva.