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Deux femmes dans un jardin en été

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Henri Lebasque (French 1865-1937)
Deux femmes dans un jardin en été (Marthe et Nono). Signed Oil on canvas. Painted circa 1923. Certificate of authenticity from Denise Bazetoux and will be included in the forthcoming Henri Lebasque catalogue raisonné

Born in a small village near the Sarthe, Lebasque enrolled as a student at his local art school, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Angers. In 1886, he went to Paris and briefly studied under Bonnat. He later studied under Humbert and aided in his decorations of the Panthéon. His made his début at the Salon des Indépendants in 1896 and he also participated in the Salon des Artistes Français. In his youth he frequently visited the ageing Pissarro, who lived near Paris, and in his studio he learned the crucial lessons about line, form and colour. Undoubtedly the influence of Pissarro upon Lebasque was far greater than that of Bonnat. As the era of the first great impressionists moved towards its close with Pissarro's death in 1903, another era in French art began, with Lebasque participating in the inaugural exhibition at the Salon d'Automne, on whose committee he gave lifelong service. He was at one time wrongly classified with the Fauves, this doubtless as a result of his exhibiting alongside them in the Salon d'Automne during the exciting and innovative first few years of the 20th century. At the Salon des Indépendants in 1893 he met Luce and Signac for the first time and under their influence adopted the pointilliste technique for some years. By 1900 he was married. He settled with his family in Lagny to the east of Paris until 1906, mostly painting scenes along the wooded banks of the Marne. At about that time, he was introduced to the Midi by his friend Albert Manguin and the region wrought a dramatic transformation on his painting, from which he never turned back.

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