Roussel, Ker-Xavier

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Roussel, Ker-Xavier Gender: M
François Xavier Roussel
born on 10 December 1867 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Lorry-lès-Metz, France, 49n09, 6e07
Timezone LMT m6e07 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 18°20' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 08°38 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 08°48'

Ker-Xavier Roussel


French painter associated with Les Nabis (in the picture on the left, rightmost is Felix Vallotton).

In 1888 he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and soon began frequenting the Académie Julian where Maurice Denis and other students formed the group Les Nabis.

He is best known for paintings of French landscapes usually depicting women, children, nymphs and fauns in bucolic settings. In 1899, Roussel, Vuillard, and another close friend, Pierre Bonnard, traveled to Lake Como, Venice and Milan.

In 1926 Ker-Xavier Roussel won the Carnegie Prize for art.

Ker-Xavier Roussel died on 6 June 1944 at his home in L'Étang-la-Ville, Yvelines.

Roussel is mentioned in Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, chapter 3. There she recounts an exchange he had with Theodore Duret in Vollard's shop at an uncertain date after 1904. Roussel complained of the lack of recognition that he and the other Nabi painters had to contend with. Duret consoled him by pointing out his incompatibility with the manners and fashions of the bourgeois world and the differences between "art" and "official art".

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Source Notes

BC in hand from Didier Geslain archive, file paintres, photo #118


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (painter)