Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) Portrait of a Young Girl
Pastel on Paper. Excellent Condition. In an ebony and gild Frame (which requires light restoration in places). Signed H. Lebasque (upper right)
Measurements: H: 20.9 x w: 16.4 cm / h: 8.25 x w: 16.5 in. Framed: 38.5 x 33.5 cm x (approx 15 x 13 inches)
The work of post-impressionist Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) embodies a unique style of expressive freedom. He built upon his foundation of traditional academic training through his many associations with noted artists of late 19th Century France, such as Pizarro and Bonnat. The coloration influences of Georges Seurat and his friend Paul Signac are evident in his work, as well as the Fauvism's broad, flat use of colour. Simplicity and a trained eye for beauty meant that he repeatedly chose to paint subjects with which he was familiar, including his daughters, Marthe and Helen (called 'Nono'). The present Portrait almost certainly depicts Marthe.
Christine Lenoir and Maria de la Ville Fromoit, to whom we are grateful, have kindly confirmed the authenticity of this painting.
Literature P. Vitry, Henri Lebasque, Paris, 1928. D. Bazetoux, Henri Lebasque, Catalogue raisonné, Neuilly-sur-Marne, 2008
Biography Henri Lebasque was born in 1865 in Champigné, France. He entered the studio of the artist Bonnat in 1885. Participated regularly in exhibitions of the artists' association and in the salons of Paris. Maintained an active artistic liaisons with young painters, especially Vuillard and Bonnard.
In 1903, Together with his friend Matisse and other artists, Henri Lebasque founded the "Salon d'Automne". The Salon exhibited works by a group of artists, who, because of their distinct style, became known as "Les Fauves". Lebasque's style begun to evolve in a similar manner. Lebasque moved to Le Cannet on the French Riviera in 1924, where he and his friend Pierre Bonnard shared a model for their studies. Henri Lebasque became known as "the painter of joy and light," and much acclaimed by both critics and artists. He was admired for the intimacy of his themes and the unique joy in his colours and forms. He died in Le Cannet, Alpes Maritimes in 1937.