Harpignies, Henri

A late starter who became a very prolific and successful artist. His landscapes are held in many public collections in France and Britain.

A  landscape painter and engraver,  Henri Harpignies was born in Valenciennes in France.

He was determined to become an artist but his parents intended that he should take up a career in business and it was not until the age of twenty-seven that he was able to study in Paris.

From 1846 onwards he began to paint, mostly landscapes with children in them. Many of his paintings were made in central France.

He produced a prolific amount of work and became a very successful artist, exhibiting at the Paris for the first time in 1861. His work is sometimes classed with that of the Barbizon School, but it was also considerably influenced by that of Corot.

The charcoal drawing shown here is dated 1909 and was given to the LACF by Sir Michael Sadler in 1913.



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