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Trieste, Italy, 1907 ? Paris, France, 1999
An established French artist, Louis Toffoli worked in a figurative style. He painted picturesque scenes in vibrant colors that also functioned as studies of human movement. His pieces have a significant impact on the viewer; the transparent light pierces all forms and seems to emanate from the canvas. He painted what he loved and what he felt, and his work represents an essence of his relationship to the world around him. In addition to painting, he worked as a lithographer, a technique he learned while working for Fernand Mourlot.
He lived in Italy during the First World War and participated in the Bienalle de Trieste in 1928, where he showed two constructivist paintings. In 1930 he moved to Paris.
A tireless traveller, his work has been shown in many countries, among them: Brazil, Germany, Holland, Israel, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. He is one of the few contemporary artists who can claim their own museum, the Toffoli Museum in Charentons le Pont, south of Paris.