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Henry Dreyfus-Lemaître

French Post-Impressionist Painter

Henri Dreyfus-Lemaître was born in Amiens in 1859. Related to the postimpressionist movement, he was the friend of Schuffenecker and Emile Bernard. He painted in Auvers-sur-Oise and Creuse. Member of the "Salon d'Automne", he took part in the "Salon des Indépendants". *1

With his painting of a view of Lagny kept in the collections of the museum Gatien-Bonnet of Lagny-sur-Marne, Dreyfus-Lemaître affirms his membership to the neoimpressionist movement.

La Marne
Oil on board

Close to the divisionnists painters of the Group of Lagny (Léo Gausson, Cavallo-Péduzzi, Maximilien Luce and Lucien Pissarro), he makes a very particular use of the pointillist theory founded by Seurat and reveals an astonishing control in the juxtaposition of the complementary colors.

Le Semeur
Oil on canvas

His fidelity to naturalist subjects (see " Le Semeur", major piece of the artist) as his arrangements betrays his admiration for Pissarro. Dynamic and frankly posed on the canvas, his stroke takes part in the vibration of his compositions. Dreyfus-Lemaître transcends the reality, which he breaks up according to laws of optical painting.

Incontestably, his sparkling palette classifies him among the colorists of the postimpressionism.

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