Lot 199
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Henri Lebasque

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  • Henri Lebasque
  • Jeunes filles lisant dans le parc
  • Signed H. Lebasque (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 19 7/8 by 24 in.
  • 50.5 by 61 cm


Private Collection (acquired in Nantes circa 1929)
Private Collection, Europe

Catalogue Note

In the present work Lebasque has eloquently captured a tranquil summer afternoon in gardens, enjoyed most likely by his daughters.  The palette and subject are quintessentially Lebasque, strong color and light with cool shade capturing this peaceful, tranquil moment.
According to Lisa Banner, "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 the 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” (l. Banner, Lebasque, 1865-1973, San Francisco, 1985, p.20)