A founding member of the "Fauves" (the wild beasts), known for their exuberant use of bold color and shape, painter Henri Baptiste Lebasque would be far better known for his frequent presentations of "joy and light".
While he would allow his peers to influence his work, he also adhered to his color palette that was delicate and harmonious. Also unlike the Fauvists, Lebasque's images were far more fluid in their presentation. Specializing in intimate subject matter and relying on pleasing colors were the hallmarks of his work.
He had entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1885, studying under L�on Bonnat. He would initially focus on portraiture, but involvement in several student groups led him to pursue a more personal expression and he began choosing more domestic scenes for his subjects.
He settled in the French Riviera where would paint landscapes as well as interiors in his unique style. His neighbors were Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, and the three would often share their models.
He remained in the region until his death in 1937.