Villon, Jacques

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Villon, Jacques Gender: M
Emile Méry Frédéric Gaston Duchamp
born on 31 July 1875 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Damville, France, 48n52, 1e04
Timezone LMT m1e04 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 08°13' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 29°37 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 19°23'

Jacques Villon (At centre, with his brothers Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Duchamp-Villon in the garden of Villon's studio, Puteaux, France, circa 1913)


French Cubist painter and printmaker from a noted artistic family. He was the eldest brother of sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918); painter, sculptor and author Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968); and painter Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti (1889-1963). To distinguish himself from his siblings, Gaston Duchamp adopted the pseudonym of Jacques Villon as a tribute to the French medieval poet François Villon. He worked in graphic media, contributing cartoons and illustrations to Parisian newspapers as well as drawing color posters. His work appeared in the satirical weekly Le Courrier français.

During the First World War, Villon worked as a cartographer for the army.

At his home, in 1911, he and his brothers Raymond and Marcel organized a regular discussion group with artists and critics such as Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Francis Picabia, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger and others that was soon dubbed the Puteaux Group (or the Section d'Or).

Among Villon's greatest achievements as a printmaker was his creation of a purely graphic language for cubism – an accomplishment that no other printmaker, including his fellow cubists Pablo Picasso or Georges Braque, could claim.

Villon died in his studio at Puteaux on 9 June 1963, aged 87.

In May 2004, an oil painting by Villon dated 1913 entitled "L'Acrobate" and measuring 39 ¼ by 28 ¼ inches sold at Sotheby's for $1,296,000 (US dollars).

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield submitted birth certificate (acte n° 9) from the online Eure archives: "trente un juillet à dix heures du soir" (on thirty-first of July at ten o'clock in the evening).


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter and printmaker)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Cartographer)