Henri Royer

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Henri Royer:Paysanne au tombeau

Henri Paul Royer (22 January 1869, Nancy – 31 October 1938, Neuilly-sur-Seine, more commonly known as Henri Royer, was a French painter, remembered especially for his genre works from Brittany.


After attending the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in 1890 he continued his studies at the Académie Julian under Jules Joseph Lefebvre and François Flameng. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon, specializing in genre paintings and portraits. As a portraitist, he encountered many famous figures from the aristocracy, politics, diplomacy, science and the arts. As a result, his critics described him as one of Ingres' disciples.[1]

In 1896, together with his wife, he arrived in Brittany, where he was to spend long periods for the rest of his life, especially in and around Audierne. Unlike other artists, he was above all interested in the people rather than the scenery. In order to become closer to them, he even learnt to speak Breton. His paintings reveal careful attention to their costumes. A devout Catholic, he also painted religious subjects including solitary figures at prayer.[1]

Royer taught at the Académie Julian [2] and at the École des Beaux-Arts. Among his many students were Georgina and Lucilio de Albuquerque, Jacques Majorelle, Thérèse Geraldy and Émile Louis Picault.


He signed his artwork Henri Royer.[3]


Sources and bibliography[edit]

  • Le Pays lorrain / Henri Royer; Garcot M., Gaudel H., Thiry J.; Berger-Levrault, Nancy; N°7 de juillet 1939; ISSN 0031-3394
  • Hommage de la Lorraine à la France : à l'occasion du bicentenaire de leur réunion, 1766-1966; Académie de Stanislas; Berger-Levrault, Nancy; 1966; (368 pages); Notice n° : FRBNF31766545
  • Montmartre and the Making of Mass Culture; Gabriel P. Weisberg, Karal Ann Marling; Rutgers University Press, London; 2001; (296 pages); ISBN 0-8135-3008-3
  • Peinture et Art Nouveau: L'École de Nancy; Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris; 1999; (159 pages); ISBN 2-7118-3839-0
  • Men and Memories, a History of the Arts 1872- 1922, Being the Recollections of William Rothenstein; Rothenstein, William; Tudor Pub. Co., New York; 1924; OLC: 19014724, republished by Kessinger Publishing; 2005; (504 pages); ISBN 141793705X