Although Spanish by birth, Augustin Carrera was to spend most of his life in France and in fact, sometime before WWI, took French nationality. He is remembered as, above all, a colorist and one who imbued his post-Impressionist works with a tremendous feeling of light. Never uncomfortable with using generous amounts of paint, his paintings possess a thick impasto and his palette can best be described as vivid. Augustin Carrera was born in Madrid on April 3, 1878 but as a young man left for Paris to pursue his dreams of being an artist. Here he became a pupil of two distinct teachers whose styles could not have been further apart. His first was Leon Bonnat, the aging painter of figures in the traditions of French Realism, but the second Henri Martin the post-Impressionist was to have the greater influence. Martin’s ideals of painting with color are clearly evident in all of Carrera’s subsequent works. In 1904 Augustin Carrera first exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais commencing a career as a professional painter that was to see subsequent exhibitions at the Salon des Artistes Independants and the Salon des Tuileries over the next forty years. His paintings of nudes, portraits, landscapes and flowers were well received by the public and critics alike and as a result he was made an Officier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1927. Augustin Carrera died in Paris in 1952 but a painting by him entitled ‘La femme aux bas bleus’ can be seen there today at the Musee du Luxembourg.