Henri Charrier, Portrait Of An Artist

Henri Charrier, Portrait Of An Artist

A fine late-19th-century portrait (possibly self-portrait) of a bearded artist wearing a beret and glasses. He looks across to our right with slightly raised eyebrows, an inquisitive brow, and a desire to be taken seriously.

It reminds us of the drama and heightened sense of self often found in Gustave Courbet’s (1819-1877) self-portraits. This coupled with a style rooted in the old masters - Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) particularly.

The painting is ascribed to French artist, Henri Charrier (1859-1950) who lived and worked in Paris. Charrier participated in the Paris salons and received an honourable mention in 1892. He trained under Jean-Paul Laurens/J. Blanc and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1933.

The painting is housed within a period frame and inscribed on the reverse.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 11½” x 15½” / 29cm x 39cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Provenance: France
Condition: Overall very presentable. A crack in the top right but this doesn’t affect its appeal in our opinion. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £1,663 achieved for ‘Passage Autumnal’ at a French auction in 2009.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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