Born in Paris, Alphonse Leon Quizet was an important member of the School of Montmartre. This designation refers not to a school of art specifically, but to a group of artists living in close proximity to one another and thus affecting an artistic influence on each other’s styles. The Fauves, Nabis, Post-Impressionists, Cubists, and Surrealists all drew inspiration from Montmartre. While Alphonse Quizet never was a sole member of any of these movements, there are glimpses of these movements in his own oeuvre. Living in Montmartre enabled Quizet to create works that have had a profound influence on art today.
He began his career as a draftsman for an architectural firm. This is where Quizet developed a keen eye for painting his architectural scenes. Quizet’s paintings are dominated by scenes of buildings, which often times exhibit strong angles and almost exaggerated lines. These works would not have been possible if Quizet didn’t have such a strong understanding of perspective.
Quizet was exposed to extremely talented artists in Montmartre. Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) was one particular artist who Quizet formed a strong allegiance with and it would be Utrillo that would eventually become a Quizet protege. Quizet and Utrillo sold their works of art together and often times painted the same subject matter. In fact, Utrillo would even store some of his paintings at Quizet’s home in Montmartre.
Alphonse Quizet received a number of awards. He was made a member of the Salon d’Automne in 1926 and was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1931. Between 1907 and 1955, his work was exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon Paris Moderne and the Salon des Tuilleries. In 1931, Quizet was awarded the Silver Medal at the International Exposition in Paris.