Henri Lebasque was born on September 25, 1865 in Champigné, France (Maine-et Loire).
He was first a student at l’école des Beaux-Arts in Angers. He moves to Paris in 1886 and then becomes the student of Bonnat for a short period of time. Lebasque will assist in the decoration of the Panthéon as a student of Humbert. However, he is adamant that his frequenting of the now quite old Pissarro influenced him more than the lessons he took with Bonnat.
In 1893, he will meet Luce and Signac at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris which will inspire him to do pointillism for several years. While he is married, a father, has children, and is living in Lagny, he will paint the woods of Marne from 1900 to 1906. It is when he discovers Midi that he will have the biggest style transformation of his career. He will visit many regions including Vendée, Brittany, Normandy, and stay the longest in Andelys. After also visiting Saint-Tropez and Saint-Maxime, he will finally move to Cannet in 1924 and stay there for the rest of his life.
He is friends and neighbor of Bonnard who both paint similar subjects. He worked on the decoration of the theater of the Champs-Élysées, and he also did the decoration on the transatlantic cruise Paris.
He died on August 1937 in Cannet (Alpes-Maritimes).
Genève, Petit Palais
Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne