In 1903, aged twenty, André Barbier moved to Paris. He becomes the friend of the genius of impressionism Claude Monet whom he admires.
He also frequented Albert Marquet, Maurice Denis and Georges d’Espagnat… The Parisian circle introduced him to turn-of-the-century painting which revolutionized the pictorial thought of the time.
He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants from 1903 to 1938 as well as at the Salon d’Automne and the Tuileries, then showed his works in personal exhibitions, notably at the Galerie Durand-Ruel.
He painted many landscapes of Paris and its close suburbs, Normandy and the Côte d’Azur, as far as Italy.
André Barbier is described by those close to him as generous, altruistic, open-minded, passionate about music, astronomy and photography.
His technique proves his intimate understanding of the subtleties of Impressionism and a personal sensitivity to the endless play of light.
• In Paris: Musée d’Orsay, national center for plastic arts, municipal contemporary art fund of the city of Paris.
• In France: Bagnols-sur-Cèze museum, Orléans fine arts museum, Lisieux art and history museum, Alphonse-Georges Poulain museum in Vernon.
• Gérard Schurr, Pierre Cabane, Dictionary of the little masters of painting, 1820-1920 , t. II, Paris, Editions de l’Amateur, 1996.
• Lydia Harambourg, Dictionary of French landscape painters of the 19th century , Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Éditions Ides et Calendes, 1985, p. 313.