1865-1937 | French
Jeune fille cousant
Young Woman Sewing
Oil on paper on panel
Signed “Lebasque” (bottom right)
In this effusive oil on paper, Henri Lebasque captures a quiet, contemplative scene of a young girl sewing. Her eyes intently trained on the piece of white fabric in front of her, the artist makes the scene come alive with vibrant hues of orange, red and purple. The subject and her surroundings are rendered in loose, stylized brushstrokes that imbue the work with energy and vitality. Often called the “painter of joy and light,” Lebasque’s talent for creating bright, airy canvases is on magnificent display here.
Henri Lebasque is remembered as a remarkable Post-Impressionist painter. Rooting himself in the Parisian art scene in the early 20th century, he exhibited in the influential Salon des Indépendants alongside artists like Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. He then went on to found the Salon d’Automne with Henri Matisse and other artist friends. His friendships with these artists and his visits to the south of France, initially encouraged by fellow painter Henri Manguin, influenced Lebasque’s rich use of color most associated with the Fauvist painters.
Exemplary of the colorful compositions that define his oeuvre, Jeune fille cousant can be found in the artist’s catalogue raisonné. Today, Lebasque’s works can be found in museums around the world, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the de Young in San Francisco, the Museo Thyssen in Madrid and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
Unframed: 13 3/4“ high x 12 1/8” wideFramed: 19“ high x 17 1/2” wide x 2 3/8“ deep
Denise Bazetoux, Henri Lebasque, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2008, vol. I, no. 668, illustrated p. 192.
Sale: Christie's, London, 7th April 1978, lot 290
The Fox Gallery, London
Private Collection (acquired from the above in the late 1970s)
Richard Green Gallery, London
M.S. Rau, New Orleans