(b Bordeaux, 26 Mar. 1875; d Paris, 14 June 1947). French painter and draughtsman. He was one of the Fauves, and for a time his boldness of colour almost matched that of Matisse (his lifelong friend). However, he soon abandoned Fauvism and turned to a comparatively naturalistic style. He painted some fine portraits and did a number of powerful female nudes (1910–14), but he was primarily a landscapist.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)