Henry Herbert La Thangue Biography | Oil Paintings.

1-19-1859 Croydon, ENG – 12-21-1929 London, ENG

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Henry Herbert La Thangue first studied painting at the Lambeth School of Art and then, from 1874–79, at the Royal Academy, London, where he met fellow painters Stanhope Forbes and Frederick Goodall. He won a gold medal for his work, as well as a scholarship his last year at the Academy, at the age of twenty. The scholarship allowed him to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme for 3 years. Despite the fact that Gérôme was strongly critical of the Barbizon School art movement of open-air landscape painting, La Thangue came under the influence of some of the artists, such as Bastien-Lepage and Dagnan-Bouveret.

While at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Henry Herbert La Thangue also spent some time between 1881-82 painting on the coast of Brittany, as seen in his The Boat Builders Yard Cancale Brittany, then in Donzère in the Rhone valley. In 1883, he became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and returned to England in 1886, exhibiting in many shows, he also became involved in an attempt to reform the Royal Academy, but he failed, so he helped to found the rival New English Art Club and exhibiting his work there.

In the late 1880s, Henry Herbert La Thangue moved to South Walsham in Norfolk. One of his painting of this period, Return of the Reapers mirrored his enthusiasm for photography and photo-realistic depictions. In the early 1890s, he settled in Bosham, in Sussex, where he continued his large-scale rustic genre paintings, some of which proved to be controversial.

Henry Herbert La Thangue eventually made his home base at Graffham in Sussex, although after 1901 he spent much time painting in Provence in southern France, in Liguria in Italy between 1903–11 and the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. He had successful expositions in the Paris Exposition of 1900 and at exhibitions held in Venice in 1903 and Rome in 1911. His southern European Landscape paintings were shown in a successful exhibition at the Leicester Galleries just before the outbreak of First World War.

In 1929 he was apparently profoundly affected by the loss of two of his paintings on the way to a New Zealand show when the ship SS Manuka carrying them shipwrecked off the coast of Long Point, New Zealand on December 16th. He died in London on December 21, and five days later the paintings were recovered in fairly good condition.

Henry Herbert La Thangue's work regularly fetches large sums when they come up at auctions. In December 2007 Travelling Harvesters was sold at auction for over US$725,000.

Art Movement: Barbizon School, Realism.
Artists Influencing Henry Herbert La Thangue: Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bastien-Lepage, Dagnan-Bouveret.
He Traveled To France, Italy.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.

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