French Post-Impressionist artist Henry Moret began his art studies while in the military. He was introduced to art instructor Ernest Corroller, who was a marine painter, and taught him about the academics of painting styles. Moret was able to enroll at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He held his first exhibit at The Salon in Paris in 1880. He traveled to northwestern France following his successful exhibition and became associated with several artists including, and most importantly, Paul Gauguin. It was Gauguin who pointed Moret in the direction of Symbolism.
By the 1890’s, Henry Moret developed a close friendship with Paul Durand-Ruel who was a successful art dealer in Paris. Durand-Ruel handled many exhibitions and sales for impressionist painters during that era. Moret began exhibiting in New York and Paris where he completed more than 600 paintings. By the early 20th century he had shifted his focus to landscape impressionism applying smaller strokes and lighter effects to his painting. Henry Moret was artist working in an exciting time of art history. He had experimented a lot with styles and techniques. By the end of his career, he had developed his own style that still holds appeal today. His work now appears at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia; Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen; the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and numerous others.