Born in Toulouse, France, artist Louis Robert Latapie studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Académie Julian with cubist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. He subsequently studied under Paul Sérusier at the Académie Ranson, where he later taught.
Latapie began his career in the 1920s exhibiting with French artist Jacques Villon in Paris. He had a number of one-man shows at Galerie Druet and exhibited regularly at the Paris Salons including the Salon des Independants, Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuileries as well as at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris. Following his death, comprehensive retrospectives of his work were held at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, Musée Rapin, Villeneuve-sur-Lot and at the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse.
Latapie was a highly celebrated artist who enjoyed an international reputation. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Geneva and the city museums of Toulouse, Avignon and Poitiers.