Henri Gervex

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Henri Gervex

French Academic Classical artist

Born 12/10/1852 - Died 1929

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GERVEX, HENRI (1852-1929), French painter, was born in Paris on the 10th of December 1852, and studied painting under Cabanel, Brisset and Fromentin. His early work belonged almost exclusively to the mythological genre which served as an excuse for the painting of the nude, not always in the best of taste; indeed, his Rolla of 1878 was rejected by the jury of the Salon pour immoralité. He afterwards devoted himself to representations of modern life and achieved signal success with his Dr Pan at the Salptrihre [The Operation], a modernized paraphrase, as it were, of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson. He was entrusted with several important official paintings and the decoration of public buildings. Among the first are The Distribution of Awards (1889) at the Palais de l'Industrie (now in the Versailles Museum), The Coronation of Nicolas II (Moscow, May 4, 1896), The Mayor's Banquet (1900), and the portrait group La Republique Francaise; and among the second, the ceiling for the Salle des Fêtes at the hotel de yule, Paris, and the decorative panels painted in conjunction with Blanchon for the maine of the 19th arrondissement, Paris. He also painted, with Alfred Stevens, a panorama, The History of the Century (1889). At the Luxembourg is his painting Satyrs playing with a Bacchante, as well as the large Members of the Jury of the Salon (1885). Other pictures of importance, besides numerous portraits in oils and pastel, are Communion at Trinity Church, Return from the Ball, Diana and Endymion, Job, Civil Marriage, At the Ambassadeurs, Yachting in the Archipelago, Nana and Maternity.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.


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Would you please be kind enough as to get down the two following paintings: Mr, Genon, student of Cabanel, Portrait of Mrs, G, #1098. This portrait is exhibited in my show room.
Mr. Le Baron de (.....) landscape The Somme at Pont l'Ebin. This painting is exhibited in the first room on the left side, inside the middle large salon.

H. Gervex

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