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.
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.
He signed his artwork Henri Royer.
- "La collection municipale", Ville d'Audierne. (French) Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- (fr) Revue générale de l'Exposition de Nancy, 1909, p. 89
- Henri Paul Royer Signature on Find Art Info
Sources and bibliography
- 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
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