Henri-Julien Dumont (1859-1933)
Floral still-life, ca.1927.
Oil on canvas
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Signed at lower left : ‘henridumont’.
Was one of the earliest French Impressionists, showing at the early exhibitions that made the movement famous.
after ca.? ( David Smernoff | New Haven, CT ) ;
after ca.1927 Private collection of [unknown] ;
ca.1927 ( Galerie Georges Petit (1846-1933) | 8 rue de Sege, Paris, France ) ;
ca.1927 Henri Julien Dumont (1859-1933), the artist .
1927 Galerie Georges Petit (1846-1933), Paris, France, ” “, January 22.
Henri-Julien Dumont (more commonly known in America as Henri Dumont) was a French painter, poster artist, lithographer, engraver and writer most known for his flower painting. Dumont was born on December 14, 1856 in Beauvais-sur-Oise, France to Alfred Dumont & Julie-Louise No. Dumont began his artistic training at about age sixteen or seventeen under artist Jules Frederic Ballavoine (1855-1901) at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, but was called for military service from 1876-1877. After leaving the service, he continued to study painting under Ballavoine at the Beaux-Arts.
In the following years, Dumont was an active part of French cafe society. He met and became friends with fellow painters Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) , Henri Gervex (1852-1929) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Of the group, Dumont was said to the free-thinker.
From 1881-1883 Dumont exhibited at the Paris Salon. Showing at the Salon would be short-lived. Dumont’s radical ideas formulated with his society friends gave birth to the 1884 Salon des Independants exhibition (the Impressionist show), an alternative to the Paris Salon.
In 1883, Dumont set up a painting studio at 11 Boulevard de Clichy and became a member of the Societe National des Beaux-art. By 1884, he is listed as a flower painter, but does not begin almost exclusively painting flowers until 1897-1900. Dumont signs his flower paintings “Henri Dumont” rather than his full given name.
Artist model, Hélène André (also known as Ellen Andrée) who modeled for Edgar Degas between 1875 and 79 met Dumont. The two began dating and living together from around 1887 at 75 Boulevard de Clichy. Ellen, who suffered a public scandal for modeling in the nude for male painters like Edgar Degas and Claude Manet would live unwed with Dumont until their marriage in 1921. In the 1879, Ellen studies acting under Alexandre Joseph Landrol (1828-1888) at the Threatre Gymnase, Paris. She gave up modeling in the early 1880s and took up acting full time. In 1887 she joined the theater group of Andre Antoine (1858-1943). She continued working in mainstream theater through the 1920s.
In 1890 Dumont exhibited with his friends at the Salon des Independants. But, painting was not the artist’s only passion. Three years later in 1893, the artist illustrated two Art Nouveau posters printed by American Posters, Paris. The pieces became iconic examples of the art from the era as displayed by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, NY in 1960 and 1968. Expressing his full range, Dumont executed a decorative panel commission in 1895 and in 1908 original designs for tapestry. During this creative period, Dumont became a member of the National Society of Fine Arts. He and Ellen socialized with many prominent actors of the day and Dumont painted portraits of the thespians signing the canvas “Henry.”
In 1905, Dumont was part of a delegation of French artists who show at the Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, IL.
Dumont had several galleries he worked with and showed at including: Georges Petit Galerie (1911), Henri Manuel Galerie (January 1922) and Andre Schoeller Galerie (January 1933). He worked with Georges Petit’s gallery until his death.
Awards won by Dumont include: a bronze medal at the Universal Exhibition (1900), a medal at the International Exhibition, Ghent (1914) and he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor sponsored by painter Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola.
Dumont’s work is in the Musee des Charmettes, France.
Many sources list Dumont’s death date as 1921, but the artist lived until 1933. His wife’s death date is also incorrect in most listings, she died in 1933, too. The couple was buried in a common grave in Montmartre Cemetery. There last known address was 71 Boulevard de Clichy in 1930.
1968: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, “Word and Image: Posters and Typography from the Graphic Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, 1879-1967”, January 25 – March 10.
1960: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, “Art Nouveau”, June 8 – September 6.
1933: Andre Schoeller Galerie
1922: Henri Manuel Galerie
1914: International Exhibition, Ghent
1911: Georges Petit Galerie
1905: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, “Exhibition of paintings of contemporary French artists”, Ocotber 19 – November 26.
1900: Universal Exhibition
1890: Salon des Independants
1883: Paris Salon, Paris, France.
1882: Paris Salon, Paris, France.
1881: Paris Salon, Paris, France.
1914: International Exhibition, Ghent, a medal
1900: Universal Exhibition, bronze medal
Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, sponsored by painter Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola.
Andre Schoeller Galerie
Henri Manuel Galerie
Georges Petit Galerie
Musee des Charmettes, France.
Groups & Organizations:
Salon des Indépendants
Societe Nationale des Beaux-art
Académie des Beaux-Arts
The Tennessean, Nashville, TN, “Popular art series”, Sunday, November 19, 1950, page 74, not illustrated.
Dictionary of Artist’s Models edited by Jill Berk Jimenez, 2001 and 2013 by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, not illustrated.
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, “Introduction to great art”, Sunday, June 20, 1948, page 67, not illustrated.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH, “Book on art”, Saturday, December 4, 1948, page 13, not illustrated.
“Henri-Julien Dumont.” Wikipedia.com. Updated May 2, 2017. Accessed August 14, 2017.
The Studio, Volume 19, National Magazine Company, 1900, page 195, illustrated: b&w.
Recollections of a Picture Dealer by Ambroise Vollard, Courier Corporation, 2012.