Henri Lebasque: Marthe et Pierre Lebasque dans un intérieur, (1913-14)

Henri Lebasque (1865 - 1937) Marthe et Pierre Lebasque dans un intérieur, (1913-1914)
Henri Lebasque (1865 – 1937) Marthe et Pierre Lebasque dans un intérieur, (1913-1914) signed H. Lebasque (lower right), oil on canvas, 64.5 by 54cm., 25 3/8 by 21 1/4 in., Source:Sotheby’s

Painter of ‘Joy and Light’

Painted in 1913-1914, Marthe et Pierre Lebasque dans un intérieur by Henri Lebasque continues his theme of painting interiors, often including his own family members. This painting depicts Lebasque’s children Marthe and Pierre.

As Lisa Banner observes,

‘Intimism, a term which best describes Lebasque’s painting, refers to the close domestic subject matter, supremely realized by Bonnard and Vuillard, in such a manner as to convey the personal nature of his response to the thing painted, and the universal familiarity of home and family’ (Lisa A. Banner, Lebasque, 1865-1937, San Francisco, 1985, p. 12).

She continues,

‘Lebasque’s vision of life led him to concentrate upon intimate domestic scenes and close, interior compositions. He was hailed as the painter of ‘Joy and Light’ by art critics and curators of the Louvre in his later life. But Lebasque’s primary concerns were with simple expression of sensuous surface… He achieved an intimate manner of painting those scenes and people most dear to him, which was replete with his personal delight in form and color, heightened by his contact with fellow painters Matisse and Bonnard, but characteristically his own’ (ibid p. 20).


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3 Comments Add yours

    1. Thanks for visiting, Rosaliene! 🙂

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  1. JMN says:

    New painter to me. Ravishing. It’s interesting to see the texture of the canvas peeping through thin pigment in the face detail. I like that. The tablecloth seduces me because I’m hung up on purples and yellows. Also, the green of their attire really pops. In her commentary Banner twice uses the term “close.” Perhaps it refers to a compressed quality of the composition? Or a critical term of art I’m not familiar with? Or close family members as subjects? I’m grossly overthinking this now, and feeling foolish!

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