Henri Gervex Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
12-10-1852 Paris, FRA – 6-7-1929 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
A friend of the family had Henri Gervex admitted to the studio of the painter Pierre-Nicolas Brisset in 1867 when he was 15 years old, he also studied painting under Alexandre Cabanel and Eugène Fromentin.
His initial works were almost all mythological genre paintings, which was a good reason for painting nude women, but, not always in the best of taste. Henri Gervex's Rolla in 1878, considered his masterpiece, was rejected by the jury of the Salon de Paris for immorality since it depicted a scene from a poem by Alfred de Musset of a naked prostitute after engaging in sexual relations with her customer. The same reasons as Olympia by Manet was rejected, representing a nude woman in a contemporary setting. He instead exhibited it at the art dealer Bague, where the crowd was squeezing to get a look.
Henri Gervex afterward devoted himself to representations of modern life and achieved significant success with his Dr. Péan at the Salpétrière (The Operation), a modernized paraphrase, of Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson Of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.
Henri Gervex was entrusted with several important official paintings and the decoration of public buildings. He also painted, with Alfred Stevens, a panorama, The History of the Century in 1889. The Musée du Luxembourg holds his painting Satyr and Menande, as well as the large A Session Of The Painting Jury. In 1913 he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He traveled to many countries where he received many titles and medals. He had the satisfaction, shortly before his death in 1929 to see his oil painting Rolla enter the Luxembourg Museum.
Art Movement: Academic.
Artists Influencing Henri Gervex: Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre-Nicolas Brisset, Eugène Fromentin.
He Traveled To Spain, England, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Turkey.
Painters Henri Gervex Influenced: Jacques-Émile Blanche, Georges Dubosc, Henry Gerbault.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.