Chronology:1944 Louis Jaquet was born in Paris. He spends his adolescence as an apprentice specializing in the restoration of fine, French antique (Boulle) furniture and paintings.1964 Upon his return from serving in the French army during the Algerian conflict, he enters The Palace des Vosges Studio in Paris.1965 Louis studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere.1966 He enters the Academie Julian, Paris1967 Louis paints and sculpts in central Italy. While there, he also works on restoring works by Perugino and Tintoretto. He does extensive fresco work in seven chapels in Italy and Switzerland. Louis is accepted at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.1972 Louis obtains a diploma from the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.
1972-83 He travels to and lives throughout the Middle East, mainly India, Turkey and Afghanistan.1983 At the invitation of the government of Israel, Louis visits, paints and exhibits in Tel Aviv.1984 He travels to London to work and to exhibit at the Royal Academy.1985 Louis wins a major price in the Zurich International Bienniel Art Exhibitions. Soon after, he is commissioned by the Swiss government to execute a large fresco (11 x 13 meters) for the Zurich Palais de Expositions.This same year he wins first prize at The International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Tokyo, Japan.1987 Received first prize in the E.N.M.A. national exhibition in Italy.1992 Prepares work for two French expositions1993 Experiments with carborundums, proofing in France and the USA1994 Chosen artist for Children’s Hospital Benefit, Festival of Trees, USA1995 Work sold by Drouot at Rambouillet, titled “Soir de Carnaval”.1996 Painting commissioned by the American Embassy in Paris. Work collected and critiqued by renowned Florence art critique, Piero Bigongiari.2001 Louis Jaquet self-portrait acquired by the Palazzo Pitti Museum, Florence, Italy2004 Commission by Pope John Paul II for the Vatican Museum’s Permanent Collection.2006 Commissioned portrait of Pope John Paul II for The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Museums:Palais des Exhibitions – Zurich, SwitzerlandMuseums of Modern Art – Tel Aviv, IsraelMuseo d’Arte Moderna – Bologna, ItalyVatican Museums – Vatican City, ItalyUffizi Museum – Florence, Italy
Group Exhibitions:1983 International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art – Salsomaggiore, Terme, Italy1983 International Biennial Exhibition, Graphics Arts – Tokyo, Japan1983 Exhibition of the Berlin City Hall – West Berlin1984 International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art – Los Angeles, CA1984 Exhibition – Palazzo Corsini – Rome, Italy1985 International Biennial Exhibition – Tokyo, Japan1986 Dali-Miro Gallery – Mexico1986 International Biennial Exhibition – Tsukuba, Japan1989 Schuler Gallery – Munich, Germany1990 Gallerie 454 – Michigan, USA1990 Salon des Independents – Paris1990 City of Nimes Expo – Nimes, France1992 Salon des Independents – Paris1993 Salon d’Automne – Paris
Solo Exhibitions:1973 Karl Klinker Gallery – Paris1974 Karl Klinker Gallery – Paris1976 San Bartolemeo Cultural Center – Bergamo, Italy1978 Asinelli Gallery – Bologna, Italy1980 Il Navile Gallery – Bologna, Italy1983 Turin, Italy1984 San Ilario Cultural Center – Reggio Emilia, Italy1985 San Bartolemeo Cultural Center – Bergamo, Italy1986 Devonshire Gallery – La Jolla, CA1987 La Chiara Gallery – Reggio Emilia, Italy1987 Multicultural Arts Center – San Diego, CA1990 Baly-Gillin Gallery – Nimes, France1994 Gallerie 454 – Michigan, USA1995 Nicole Gallery – Chicago, IL1996 Norman Gallery – San Diego, CA1997 Yan Gallery – San Diego, CA1998 Colonial Art Gallery – Oklahoma City, USA1999 Gallerie 454 – Michigan, USA2000 International Art Expo – Bologna, Italy2000 Ghelfi Gallery – Montecatini, Italy2001 Ghelfi Gallery – Montecatini, Italy
Awards:1st Prize – International Graphic Art Exhibition, 1985, Tokyo, JapanSpecial Distinction – International Biennial Exhibition, Tsubuka, Japan1st Prize (Painting) – National Exhibition, 1987, ItalyLouis Jaquet is a member of the Maison des Artistes, Rothschild Foundation, Paris
Posters as an art form were invented by Jules Chéret in Paris in the 1860’s. Their proliferation and refinement were the result of advances in printing technology, a relaxation of laws regulating the press, and a booming demand for the advertisement of ‘modern’ products and of the Parisian lifestyle in the Belle Epoque (1871 – 1914). In journals, books, theater programs, and posters, the graphic arts soon transcended their commercial function and became art objects sought out by art collectors worldwide.