HENRI RIVIERE (French / 1864-1951)

The post-Impressionist Benjamin Jean Pierre Henri Rivière is the French artist who above all others absorbed the aesthetics of Japanese art into his own. He is known especially for his woodcuts and lithographs of scenes in Brittany and Paris. Henri Rivière was born in Montmartre, and is in many ways the quintessential Parisian artist. Besides his graphic work, he also invented a form of shadow play, ombres chinoises, which was a speciality of the Chat Noir nightclub, and of which Henri Rivière and Caran d'Ache were the chief exponents. Rivière first visited Brittany in 1884, and returned each summer until 1916. It was at this point that Rivière ceased exhibiting or publishing his work (his last print was published in 1917). The Musée d'Orsay in Paris reappraised his art in the 1988 show Henri Rivière: Graveur et photographe. In 2008 the Fresno Art Museum celebrated The Landscapes of Henri Rivière.

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Selected prints by HENRI RIVIERE

Brume matinale
(Matin de brume à
Loguivy), 1903
Lithograph •SOLD
Le bourg de
Perros-Guirec, 1896

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