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|Born||30 November 1867|
|Died||31 January 1936 (aged 68)|
|Movement||Abstract Art, symbolism,, early modernism|
Henri-Gabriel Ibels (30 November 1867 – February 1936) was a French illustrator, printmaker, painter and author.
He was born in Paris and studied at the Académie Julian with Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. He was a member of Les Nabis from its 1889 founding. Other members included Bonnard, Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, Maurice Denis, Paul Sérusier, and Émile Bernard. Ibels took part in Les Nabis’ exhibitions at Le Barc de Boutteville gallery. With Vuillard and Denis he soon caught the public eye and earned the nickname ‘le Nabis journaliste’.
Ibels’ images were powerful and heavily graphic, in keeping with the movement that was a generous admixture of fine art, graphic design and advertising, as seen in the lithographs and posters for theater, cabaret, and book illustration.
Ibels drew his inspiration from life on the street, cafés, the circus and boxing ring, as did Adolphe Willette, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. His graphic style owed much to the art of Honoré Daumier, Japanese woodcuts, Paul Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School.
Poster for first Salon des Cent exhibition 1893
"Après les fameuses révélations de M. Cavaignac" : Commander Esterhazy, collapsed to the ground. Drawing in Le Sifflet, July 14, 1898.
Portrait of Henri-Gabriel Ibels by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec