Segonzac, Dunoyer de
Andre Albert Marie Dunoyer de Segonzac (1884-1974)
His first submission to the Salon d`Automne was in 1908; the next year he exhibited at the Salon des Independants, and for the next several years he exhibited regularly at both. In the early 1910s he became a member of Section d`Or He was one of the modernists included in the Armory Show that opened in New Yorkin 1913, with subsequent showings in Chicago and Boston.
In 1914, the year of his first solo exhibition (at the Galerie Levesque in Paris), he was drafted for military service in World War I and saw active combat. Between 1914–1918 he published and exhibited a number of war drawings, and by war's end he had earned the Croix de Guerre.
He drew on his military experiences—and learned etching in 1919—in order to illustrate The Wooden Crosses by Roland Dorgeles (published in 1921). Segonzac found etching to be a congenial medium to his spontaneous drawing style, and by the end of his life he had produced some 1600 plates.
In 1947, he published his suite of etchings illustrating the Georgics of Virgil. In the judgement of Anne Distel, chief curator of the Musee D`Orsay, "The technical perfection and the nobility of the tone, which carried the cachet of the original, but was imbued throughout with an unfailing lyricism, make this work Segonzac's masterpiece. It must be included in a list of the most beautifully illustrated books of [the 20th] century."