|Lucien Labaudt (1880-1943)|
Painter, muralist. Born in Paris, France on May 14, 1880. Labaudt was educated in France, but was essentially a self-taught artist. As a budding young painter, he was influenced by Cezanne and Seurat. After coming to the U.S. in 1906, he worked in Nashville, TN as a costume designer while painting in his leisure.
Labaudt settled in San Francisco in 1910 into a studio at 526 Powell Street and is credited with introducing modern art to California. In 1919 he began teaching at the CSFA and later, with his wife Marcelle, founded his own school of costume design. A pioneer in modern art in America, he experimented with various idioms including Surrealism and Cubism. Labaudt died on Dec. 12, 1943 in an airplane crash in India where he had gone to paint war scenes for Life magazine.