Livens, Horace Mann (1862-1936)

Livens, Horace Mann (1862-1936)

Horace Mann Livens began his career producing still lifes inspired by the great English painter, George Clare (1830-1900). At the time, he was probably still studying in his home town of Croydon under Walter Wallis (1853-1934).

But in his early 20s, Livens worked at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp where he began a close friendship with Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). This ultimately led to Livens moving to Paris on Vincent’s request and studying French painting, particularly the work of Manet.

After his move back to London, Vincent famously wrote to him.

“Since I am here in Paris I have very often thought of yourself and work. You will remember that I liked your colour, your ideas on art and literature and I add, most of all, your personality.”

“If ever you did come here, write to me before and I will, if you like, share my lodgings and studio with you so long as I have any.“

Livens declined the offer to visit but he is recorded as producing the first portrait of Vincent by another hand. His works were exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery also holds examples.

Nationality: British
Born: 1862
Died: 1936
Studied: Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp

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Horace Mann Livens, Still Life With An Abundance Of Fruit

Horace Mann Livens, Still Life With An Abundance Of Fruit
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