Henri Lebasque (French, 1865–1937) was a Post-Impressionist artist, known as the "painter of joy and light." Born in Champigné, France, in 1885, he went to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. During this time, Lebasque began participating in the annual art society exhibitions and the Paris Salons. His works were marked by his contact with younger painters, including Edouard Vuillard (French, 1868–1940) and Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947), members of the influential Nabis and Intimist groups.

In 1903, he and Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954) founded the Salon d'Automne. In 1912, the salon exhibited works by a group of artists who became known as "Les Fauves" (the wild beasts), and whose style Lebasque would later adopt. Though the flatness of form and color took on a subtler effect in Lebasque's work than in the works of other Fauvist artists, he was championed by critics for the intimacy of his themes and the joy in his forms and palette.

In 1924, he noved to Le Cannet on the French Riviera, where he lived until his death in 1937.

Lebasque's works can be found in many important public and private institutions around the world, including the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Spain, the National Museum of Western Art in Japan, and the Harvard University Art Museum.

Timeline

1865
Born in Champigné, France
1885
Studied in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts, and entered the studio of the artist Léon Bonnat
1903
Founded the Salon d'Automne
1912
The Salon exhibited works by a group of artists, who, because of their distinct style, became known as "Les Fauves."
1924
Moved to Le Cannet on the French Riviera, where he and his friend Pierre Bonnard shared a model for their studies.
1937
Died in Le Cannet, Alpes Maritimes

Exhibitions

1956
Oeuvres Choisies de Henri Lebasque, Galerie Vendome
1937
Exposition des Maîtres de l'Art Independants, Petit Palais Paris
1915
Panama - Pacific Int'l, San Francisco
1905
Salon Nationale des Beaux Arts, paris