Henri-Gabriel Ibels

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Henri-Gabriel Ibels
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Born(1867-11-30)30 November 1867
Paris, France
Died(1936-01-31)31 January 1936 (aged 68)
Paris, France
EducationAcademie Julien
Known for
  • painting
  • illustration
  • printing
MovementAbstract 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’.[1]

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.

Ibels collaborated with Toulouse-Lautrec and became involved in avant-garde theater.[2] He exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants for the first time in 1891.