Henri Gervex

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Henri Gervex

36 artworks

French Academic Classical artist

Born 12/10/1852 - Died 1929

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Unexpected Visit

Oil on canvas

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Portrait of an Elegant Woman with Muff

Oil on panel

58 x 35.5 cms | 22 3/4 x 13 3/4 ins

Nude with a Mirror

Oil on board

63 x 49.5 cms | 24 3/4 x 19 1/4 ins

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After the Dance

1888

Pastel on canvas

114.6 x 79.4 cms | 45 x 31 1/4 ins

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La toilette

Oil on panel

27 x 21 cms | 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 ins

Rolla

Oil on canvas

41.5 x 34 cms | 16 1/4 x 13 1/4 ins

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Woman with a Fan

Oil on canvas

38.1 x 31.8 cms | 15 x 12 1/2 ins

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Young Woman with a Bouquet of Violets in the Snow

Oil on board

55 x 45.5 cms | 21 1/2 x 17 3/4 ins

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Madame Valtesse de la Bigne

1879

Oil on canvas

205 x 120.2 cms | 80 1/2 x 47 1/4 ins

Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

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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.