Madame Lebasque et sa fille Marthe by Henri Lebasque

  • Post-Impressionist Henri Lebasque is celebrated for his intimate portrayals of his family
  • This oil is an exceptional example of this coveted subset of works within his oeuvre
  • Capturing his wife and daughter, it reveals the intimism style of the artist
  • With its palette and perspective, it is a stunning achievement of the Post-Impressionist period
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Henri Lebasque
1865-1937 | French

Madame Lebasque et sa fille Marthe
(Madame Lebasque and her Daughter Marthe)

Signed “Lebasque” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

While also a painter of nudes and landscapes, the Post-Impressionist Henri Lebasque is perhaps most celebrated for his intimate portrayals of his family life. Madame Lebasque et sa fille Marthe is an exceptional example of this coveted subset of works within his oeuvre. It demonstrates the artist at his very best, from its vibrant yet constrained color palette to its masterfully cropped composition that subtly directs the viewer's gaze.

The work exemplifies the intimism practiced by many of the French Post-Impressionists and Lebasque in particular. The genre is dedicated to intimate views of domestic interiors that feature artfully posed female subjects in natural light. Thanks to his very deliberate compositional cropping, Madame Lebasque et sa fille Marthe feels highly personal and familiar, as though the artist has welcomed us into his home. He allows the viewer access to this intimate moment between mother and daughter; while Madame Lebasque's expression cannot be seen, Marthe gazes at her with a deep sense of devotion and innocence of childhood. Lebasque painted his daughters at various stages of their lives, but it is the childhood portraits such as these that truly express the love and devotion between child and parent.

Lebasque was born in 1865 in Maine-et-Loire and moved to Paris in 1885, where he often visited the atelier of Léon Bonnat. He studied painting at the École des Beaux Arts and fell under the influence of his fellow students Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. Most notably, he was a founding member of the Salon d’Automne in 1903 along with Henri Matisse, the annual exhibition that in 1905 featured the controversial paintings of Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Manguin, Vuillard and Rouault. The critic Louis Vauxcelles dubbed the group Les Fauves, or "wild beasts," due to their use of bright colors and wild, untamed lines.

Lebasque enjoyed greater popularity and commercial success during his lifetime than the other artists associated with Fauvism, largely due to what critics considered a sophisticated and subtle fluidity in his work. Today, his works can be found in important museums around the world, including the Musée d'Orsay (Paris), the Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg), the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid) and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Madame de la Ville Fromoit and Madame Christine Lenoir. It is pictured in Henri Lebasque Catalogue Raisonné, Tome 1, 2008, by D. Bazetoux, no. 494.

Circa 1898-1899

Canvas: 21 5/8" high x 17 5/8" wide
Frame: 29 7/8" high x 26" wide

Provenance:
Private Collection, Paris
Renaud-Delettrez, Paris, June 23, 1987, lot 56
Private Collection, San Francisco
Richard Green Fine Paintings, London
Private Collection, Europe
Richard Green Fine Paintings, London
Private Collection, Connecticut
Private Collection, California
Madame Lebasque et sa fille Marthe by Henri Lebasque
Maker: Lebasque, Henri
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.75 Inches
Width: 26.0 Inches
Height: 29.88 Inches
Style: Post-Impressionism
Canvas Width: 17.625 Inches
Canvas Height: 21.625 Inches
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