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Henri Lebasque, photo c.1900
September 25, 1865|
|Died||August 7, 1937
Le Cannet (Alpes-Maritimes)
Henri Lebasque (25 September 1865 – 7 August 1937) was a French post-impressionist painter. He was born at Champigné (Maine-et-Loire). His work is represented in French museums, notably Angers, Geneva (Petit Palais), Lille (Musée des Beaux-Arts), Nantes, and Paris (Musée d’Orsay). Lebasque died at Cannet, Alpes Maritimes in 1937.
Education and artistic development
He started his education at the École régionale des beaux-arts d'Angers, and moved to Paris in 1886. There, Lebasque started studying under Léon Bonnat, and assisted Ferdinand Humbert with the decorative murals at the Panthéon. Around this time, Lebasque met Camille Pissarro and Auguste Renoir, who later would have a large impact on his work.
Lebasque's vision was coloured by his contact with younger painters, especially Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, founders of the Nabis' Group, who were the Intimists that first favoured the calm and quietude of domestic subject matter. From his first acquaintance with Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Lebasque learnt the significance of a colour theory which stressed the use of complementary colours in shading.
Lebasque was a founding member of the Salon d'Automne in 1903 with his friend Henri Matisse and exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. Two years later, a group of artists exhibited there including Georges Rouault, André Derain, Henri Ottmann, Édouard Vuillard, and Matisse. Lebasque also became friends with artists such as Gustave Rouault, Raoul Dufy, Louis Valtat, and Henri Manguin, the last of whom introduced Lebasque to the South of France.
Gallery of paintings
La cigarette, 1921; Musée d'Art et d'Industrie de Roubaix
Sous la lampe, 1904; Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy
Una joven en el bosque, 1897; Museo de Arte de Ponce
- The Nabis' Group
- Catalogue des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, dessin, gravure, architecture et art décoratif, Société du Salon d'automne 1903, p.45, no.344-346; archive.org
- Société des artistes indépendants/ Catalogue de la 21me exposition, 1905. p.140 (p.144), no. 2370-2377; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
- Media related to Henri Lebasque at Wikimedia Commons
- Benezit Dictionary of Artists, 2006, site Oxford Index (subscription or library membership required)
- Galerie du Post-Impressionnisme – Works by Henri Lebasque
- Musée d'Orsay – Collections catalogue
- Works Henri Lebasque in the museums of France; Joconde, culture.gouv.fr
- Sur Le Balcon - Henri Lebasque at the gallery Georges Petit (Hôtel Drouot) archive.org
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