Portrait of a Young Girl is a wonderful example of Henri LeBasque’s impressionistic work. It is one of his softer pieces in color and brush strokes. We love this the sweet expression her face and small red lips. The detail and soft colors in the little girls robe make the painting truely unique. Labasque was known as a painter of joy and light. Looking at this portrait it is clear why he was bestowed the title.
In 1903, Henri Lebasque became a founding member of the Salon d’Automne. along with Matisse. The Salon exhibited some groundbreaking artists, including the group called the Fauves, who where known for their intense color pallet. Lebasque’s work evolved from classic Impressionism to adopting some of the elements the Fauves were using, such as the flatness of shapes and brighter colors. However, his overall compositions and style did retain some of the soft, fluidity of Impressionism.
Henri Lebasque moved the South of France in 1924, which inspired many of his subjects. He is known as a ‘painter of the good life’ and ‘joy and light’ because his subjects are often family members, beautiful gardens and seashore. He was one of the great Post Impressionist artists. His work is highly sought after and represented in many museum collections.