Henri Delavallée ( - )

Autoportrait d'Henri Delavallée

School of Pont-Aven. Painter and engraver. Brilliant student of Carolus-Dunan and Luc-Olivier Merson at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was quickly attracted to the Impressionists and adopted the Divisionist technique under the influence of Camille Pissaro and Seurat. In the summer of 1881, he stayed in Pont-Aven, where he returned regularly for ten years. He met Gauguin again at the Gloanec mother's inn and in 1886 met Émile Bernard. Under his influence he definitively adhered to synthetism. In 1888 he participated in the exhibition at the Café Volpino in Paris. In 1891 Delavallée and his wife left Pont-Aven for Constantinople, where they settled for several years and enjoyed success with Turkish high society. Back in Paris in 1901, they divided their time between their studio in the rue d'Alésia (where their daughter Yvonne was born), the family property in Apremont and Pont-Aven where they became friends with Théodore Botrel. It was only around 1910 that he settled permanently in Pont-Aven, to end his days there. He is present in many museums.

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