Joseph Hurard was born on August 3, 1887 in Avignon and died on February 18, 1956 in Martigues.
Hurard was a pupil of Pierre Grivolas , Vionnet and Jules Flour at the École des Beaux-Arts in Avignon .
Hurard first worked in a drugstore and then selling canvases and colours to Avignon artists. He would look for them on Sundays to paint with them. His talent then recognised, he became part of the “Group of Thirteen” created in 1912 by Clément Brun of which he was the youngest. He became friends with Joseph Meissonnier and participated with the group in a first exhibition on December 21, 1912 which was a great success, followed by a second exhibition on December 18, 1913.
In this crucible, he frequented seniors already touched by fame like Lina Bill or Auguste Chabaud . Among the most gifted designers of his generation, painting with disconcerting ease, he quickly stood out. Unfortunately Hurard did not study at the Beaux-Arts which we can regret because probably he would have been one of the greatest painters of his time. Major works:
View of Martigues at dusk (1930).
- Cart on the way
- Martigues, leaving the port
- The Philippe Le Bel Tower in Avignon , dated 1918, 54 × 77 cm , private collection (France)
- The ramparts of Avignon
- Mediterranean port
- Marseille, Entrance to the Old Port
- Rising sun in Martigues
- Visit to the grandfather , 138 × 180 cm (Martigues museum)
- View of Martigues at dusk , 52 × 94 cm , private collection (France)
- Spring in Provence
- The hall in Avignon
- The Old Port of Marseille
- Shepherd and his flock
- The rue des Teinturiers
- Woman portrait
- The Oratory in Avignon
- The Flower Market in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
- Exhibition at the National Society of Fine Arts, Paris
- Exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants, Paris
- Retrospective at Martigues in 1956
- Ziem Museum in Martigues