Henri-Alexandre Sollier

Henri-Alexandre Sollier was born in Bagnolet, on the outskirts of Paris in 1886.

Sollier enrolled at the Académie Julian in 1906 and later graduated to the École des Beaux-Arts in 1908. He worked in the ateliers of François Flameng and later at François Schommer.  In the spring of 1919 he celebrated the victory of the Allies with two eloquently titled paintings, ‘Pour elle’ and ‘Par elle’ which he exhibited at the Devambez Gallery in Paris.  After the First World War, Sollier enjoyed a rewarding decade of prestigious awards, enabling him to undertake extensive travels.

In 1920 his first participation at the Salon des Artistes Français achieved a Mention Honorable, together with the Académie des Beaux-Arts Prix Leclercq-Maria Bouland.  The following year the Prix de l’Afrique Occidentale Française brought him a travel grant.  Sollier ventured off to West Africa, where he spent three years in Senegal, sending portraits of indigenous people to the Pavillon de Marsan and the Salon des Artistes Français.

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