An early modernist photographer, Pierre Dubreuil was the child of a wealthy family in Lille that owned a wallpaper and interior design business. He first won recognition in 1896 in a photography exhibition in Paris held by the Photo-Club of Paris and another in Brussels. In 1903 he was elected to The Linked Ring, a British photographic society. Except for a time in Paris from 1908 until 1910, he lived and worked in Lille until 1914, when he was conscripted into the French Army during World War I. During the pre-war period, his work was shown in Paris, London and at the 1910 International Exhibition of Pictorial Photography at the Albright Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y. Some of Dubreuil’s work appears to be influenced by the Cubists, and by leading photographers then active, such as Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). After the deaths of his wife and a daughter following World War I, he moved from Lille to Brussels in 1924, where he remarried and continued to be active through the 1930’s, serving as president of the Association Belge de Photographie. His exhibitions included a London retrospective sponsored by the Royal Photographic Society in 1935. Apparently due to financial difficulties, he sold his negatives to the Gevaert Photo Producten, Mortsel, Belguim, where they were all destroyed by World War II bombing. In 1943 he moved to Grenoble, France, where he lived with his daughter until he died in 1944. (TNB 2/2010) Selected bibliography: Tom Jacobson, Pierre Dubreuil, Photographs 1896-1935, exhibition catalogue. Paris: Musee d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1987.
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