Pierre Latour was born May 16, 1935 in Paris to a Belgium mother and French father. Latour Sr., also an artist, taught young Pierre how to paint in the traditional academic style. LatourÂs training as a child by his father, however fundamental, was secondary to the influence of his Belgian maternal grandfather. In LatourÂs own words, ÂThe greatest influences of my life and for my art were shared in Bruges with my grandfather.Â
Pierre Latour had achieved a reasonable amount of fame in Europe when he discovered that he could best interpret Belgium with a palette knife. This was the beginning of his fame in America, as this became his trademark style.
Although Latour now resides in the United States, he is best known for the beautiful colors of the palette depicting the city of Bruges, the flower markets, and the picnic scenes reminiscent of summers spent with his grandfather.
Pierre LatourÂs self imposed rule of ÂÂ
never being seen except through my art,Â has brought his works, but not his face, to museums as well as some of the most noteworthy American collections.
Pierre Latour passed away in 2006. He will be remembered through his beautiful impressionistic paintings.