Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937), “Jeune Fille Cousant,” oil on canvas painting of a young girl wearing a pink and yellow dress and a blue bow in her hair, seated in a chair and looking down at a piece of fabric she is sewing. The background is comprised of colorful splashes of red, blue and gray. Signed “H. Lebasque” lower left. Guarisco Gallery, Washington DC label en verso of frame. Housed in a hand carved gilt and white-washed frame. Sight – 21″ H x 17 1/2″ W. Framed – 30″ H x 26 1/2″ W. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN Collection. We wish to thank Denise Bazetoux for confirming this painting is no. 673, page 194, in her book, HENRI LEBASQUE: CATALOG RAISONNE. Biography (source: Askart): Henri Baptiste Lebasque studied portrait painting at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts under Leon Bonnat, and exhibited at the Paris Salons. However, in 1903, with his friend Henri Matisse, Lebasque became a founder of the Salon d’Automne, an alternative to the conservative salons. There, he exhibited alongside Fauvist painters including his close friends Henri Matisse and Henri Manguin. His work is sometimes said to reflect the flatness of shape and color of Fauvism while employing a more fluid presentation. In later life, Lebasque worked closely with his friend and neighbor Pierre Bonnard. In 1957, Muse des Ponchettes in Nice presented the first retrospective of his works. His paintings are in the collections of several French and American museums. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with stretcher creases evident top and bottom. Two areas of inpainting visible under UV light: 1. Top left 1/2″L; 2. Top right edge 4 1/4″L x 1/4″W. Canvas does not appear to be relined, but is slightly pliant. Stray brush hair adhered middle of right side 2″ from edge. 1/16″ inclusion or dimple to lap area. Staining to lower half of canvas evident en verso. See blacklight photo.
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