Famed as a painter of joy and light, Lebasque is admired for the intimacy of his subject matter and his unique delight in color and form.


His life

Born in Champigné, Lebasque first trained in Angers at the School of Beaux-Arts and from 1886 onwards in Paris. Then he entered the atelier of the portraitist Leon Bonnat and began to exhibit at the annual art society exhibitions and the Paris Salons.


He later assisted Ferdinand Humbert with the decorative murals of the Pantheon.


In 1893, Henri Lebasque met Luce and Signac, and adopted pointillism for a few years.


Living in the 1900's in Lagny, he painted the woods and the bridges at the river Marne. It is from here that he discovers the south of the France that will operate as a radical transformation of his painting, modifying his sensible palette.


Lebasque's vision was colored by his contact with younger painters, especially Vuillard and Bonnard, founders of the 'Nabis' group and 'Intimists' who first favored the calm and serenity of domestic subject matter. From his first acquaintance with Seurat and Signac, he learned the significance of color theory which stressed the use of complementary colours in shading.


Lebasque participated in the Parisian collective exhibitions: Salon des Indépendants, Salon des Artistes Français, and Salon d'Automne of which he is the co-founder and  member until his death.


Lebasque also meets Matisse, Rouault, Dufy, Valtat and Manguin, it is from Manguin whom he discovers the south of France.


In 1924 he moved to Le Cannet on the French riviera, where he shared a model with his friend and neighbor Bonnard.


He died at Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes in 1937 and in the same year a group of his works were shown at the Exhibition of the Maîtres d'Art Indépendants at the Petit-Palais.


In 1957 a great retrospective exhibition is organised at the Musée des Ponchettes in Nice. Painter of light, colorist and designer, Henri Lebasque expresses in his art his zestful vision of life.



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Paintings in museum collections



Aix-les-Bains ; Musée Faure


Budapest ; Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery),
- Sitting nude in the garden, 1924

Caen ; Musée des Beaux-Arts
- Le Cannet au printemps, 1927, huile sur toile, 60 x 73,9 cm, Numéro d'inventaire  INV 361
- NU COUCHE DANS UN PAYSAGE, Inventory INV 81 16 4


Chambéry ; Musée des beaux-arts
- Jeune fille à la terrasse, Inventory M 381 ; Borrel 27
- L'enfant jouant aux échecs (Pierre fils de l'artiste), Inventory M 392 ; Borrel 16


Chi-Mei Museum ; Taiwan
- Baigneuse


Copenhagen ; Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark)


Grenoble; Musée de Grenoble,
- Promenade sur l'eau. Les Andelys, Inventory MG 2221


Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts, USA


Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA


Lyon ; Musées des Beaux-Arts
- En vue de l'Estérel, 1925-1926, huile s toile, 92,5 x 65 cm, Inventory Inv. B 1408


Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum,


Montpellier ; Musée Fabre
- Nu, 1936, huile sur toile, 46,3 x 38,5 cm,


Nantes ; Musée des Beaux-Arts
- La vallée de La Garde, Inventory  2236


Paris ; Musée d'Orsay
- Femme nue debout
- Figure de jeune fille
- Le bain des nymphes
- La cigarette , Inventory   RF 1980 131 ; LUX 011 P
- La famille sous la lampe
- La femme au collier
- Le goûter sur l'herbe
- Le modèle au repos


Saint-Tropez; Musée de l'Annonciade
- Port de Saint-Tropez, 50 x 65 cm, Inventory 1936 10


Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand ; Christchurch Art Gallery


Tokyo ; National Museum of Western Art,


Versailles ; Musée Lambinet
- La Marne à l'écluse de Chalifert, 1900, huile sur toile, 60 x 76 cm, Inventory 91.9.20



Drawings and watercolors


Angers; Musée des Beaux-Arts
- Jeune fille au jardin, Inventory MBA 1252


Chambéry; Musée des Beaux-Arts
- Femme à l'éventail avec enfant sur la terrasse, Inventory SN 16 ; Borrel 66


Paris; Musée du Louvre département des Arts graphiques
- Barques de pèche à Morgat, Inventory RF 39658, recto
- Femme à sa toilette, nue, derrière un fauteuil, Inventory RF 39657, recto


Tournus; Musée Greuze
- Femme dans un jardin, Inventory 2001.3.33




- Nov. 18 - Dec. 10 1938 Henri Lebasque 1865-1937 Exposition de quelques œuvres : peintures, aquarelles et dessins. Galerie O. Pétridès, Paris


- June-July 1952 , Paris, Musée Galliéra, Exposition rétrospective Henri Lebasque


- juillet-septembre 1957 Musée des Ponchettes, Nice, Exposition retrospective Henri Lebasque


- Palette impressionniste et fauve en Méditerranée. Henri Lebasque et Henri Manguin, exposition du musée de Roanne 2009




Denise Bazetoux: Henri Lebasque, catalogue raisonné, Arteprint, Neuilly-sur-Seine, 2008


P. Vitry, Henri Lebasque, Paris, 1928


Carlos Reymond et Albert Sarraut; Galerie des Ponchettes (Nice), Impr. de Pierotti, 1957