La toilette by Henri Thomas

  • A fashionable young lady is the subject of this oil by Belgian-born artist Henri Thomas
  • The artist is renowned for his portraits that capture the glamorous women of the Belle Époque
  • This oil evokes the style and joie de vivre of the era rendered in Thomas’ distinctive style
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Henri Thomas
1878-1972 | Belgian

La toilette

Signed "Henri Thomas" (upper left)
Oil on canvas

A fashionable young lady dons her hat before a mirror in this charming painting by Belgian-born artist Henri Thomas. Renowned for his society scenes that capture the glamorous women of the Belle Époque, Thomas brings together a unique blend of the Academic tradition and Belgian avant-gardism to perfectly capture the bustling atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Europe. His portraits of women in the cafés and bordellos of Brussels rival the Parisian nightlife scenes of the great Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for their sense of decadence and sensuality. Entitled La toilette, this oil evokes the style and joie de vivre of the era rendered in Thomas’ distinctive style.

Born in the town of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek in 1878, Thomas enrolled at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels at the age of 17. He was trained in the Academic style, and after graduation, he gained employment as an illustrator of avant-garde literature. By the early 20th century, he embarked on his career as a fine art painter, creating maritime scenes, floral still lifes and portraits of elegant women such as this. He exhibited his first works in 1906 at the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire in Brussels and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris; for the next 40 years, he would exhibit widely throughout Belgium and other European cities. Unlike many artists of his generation who moved to Paris, Thomas lived in Brussels until his death in 1972. Today, he is remembered as the quintessential Belgian painter of the Belle Époque.

Canvas: 29 7/8" high x 19 3/4" wide
Frame: 37 3/4" high x 28" wide
La toilette by Henri Thomas
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.25 Inches
Width: 28.0 Inches
Height: 37.75 Inches
Style: Modernism
Canvas Width: 19.75 Inches
Canvas Height: 29.875 Inches

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