Henri GERVEX (1852-1929) ✿

Henri Gervex (Paris 10 December 1852 – 7 June 1929) was a French painter and pastellist who studied painting under Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre-Nicolas Brisset and Eugène Fromentin.
In 1871 he was accepted into the École des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel, where he studied for five years along with Jean-Louis Forain, Fernand Cormon, and Eugène Damas, a landscape painter. He also apprenticed himself to the Orientalist painter Eugène Fromentin.
He was entrusted with several important official paintings and the decoration of public buildings. Among the first are The Distribution of Awards (1889) at the Palais de l'Industrie, The Coronation of Nicolas II, The Mayors' Banquet (1900), and the portrait group La République Française; and among the second, the ceiling for the Salle des Fêtes (ballroom) at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, and the decorative panels painted in conjunction with Emile-Henri Blanchon for the mairie of the 19th arrondissement, Paris. For this work, Gervex received the Legion of Honour. He also painted, with Alfred Stevens, a panorama, The History of the Century (1889).
While traveling in Russia in 1893, he was commissioned by Czar Nicholas II to paint his coronation and individual portraits of the royal family. In 1913 he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

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