An Introduction to Henri Riviere (1864 - 1951)

While in Paris, in 2007, I fell in love with a book of work by French artist Henri Riviere (1864-1951). What I loved so much about his pictures, was the way that Riviere combined the pastoral scenery of French Impressionism with the simplistic style of Japanese printmaking. Included in the book was a series of fascinating prints documenting the construction of the Eiffel Tower. But, like a prude, I didn't buy the book the day I found it, and when I returned later it was, of course, nowhere to be found. That was the beginning of a quest to find out more about the life, work, and art of the mysterious Riviere (largely unknown in the US).

Much to our delight, while in Paris last month, we found a new book of Riviere's work, and we thought, "the world (or, at least our friends) need to know about Mr. Riviere," so - here is a little intro to his work. Enjoy! Also, what are artists that you can't seem to get enough of? Leave us a comment below...

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