François Barraud (14 November 1899
– 11 September 1934) was a Swiss painter.
Barraud was the eldest of four
brothers who all painted or sculpted at various points in their
lives. The brothers, François, Aimé, Aurèle and Charles, were
largely self-taught artists having been raised as professional
plasterers and house painters. Barraud attended evening classes at
the local art school in 1911 together with his brothers. In 1919, he
exhibited his paintings in La Chaux-de-Fonds and participated in the
National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Basel. Encouraged by the success
of the exhibitions he left Switzerland in 1922, and moved to Reims
in France where he worked as a house painter for two years. He
married Marie, a French woman, in 1924. Marie subsequently featured
as a model in several of his paintings. Around 1924 or 1925, Barraud
found work in Paris as an artist and craftsman. While living in
Paris he studied painting at the Louvre.
François Barraud painted mainly
still lifes, female nudes and portraits, including several double
portraits of himself and his wife, Marie His precise, realist style
of painting developed under the influence of the old Flemish and
French masters he had studied at the Louvre.
Barraud suffered periods of illness
throughout his life and died of tuberculosis in Geneva, in 1934, at
the age of 34.
Arthur Stoll held a major
collection of François Barraud's works. His works are also held in
the Musée des beaux-arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Coninx Museum in
Zurich and the Foundation for Art, Culture and History in