Henri Rivière was a skilled printmaker and illustrator, active in Paris’s artistic Montmartre community. Riviére was interested in drawing at an early age and started submitting work to journals and small book publications.
L’Enterrement aux Paralpluies. 1885. Etching and aquatint.
Le Bourg des Perros Guiree. lithograph after the original wood engraving
In Montmartre, Riviére was involved in the famous Chat Noir cabaret, where he published essays and worked as an editor for their in house journal. During the 1880s Riviére started to produce etchings, woodcuts and lithographs. His prints often depict landscape views, particularly from Bretagne in the north of France. He created several series focusing on a single subject such as the sea or the Eiffel Tower.
Le Fossoyeur a Treboul. 1914. Color Woodcut
Like most of the Impressionists, Riviére’s style was heavily influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Riviére’s prints are an important part of printmaking’s 19th century revival and continue to be valued by major print collectors around the world.
Le Coup de Vent. 1910. Etching
Pins a Landemendy Loguivy. 1906. Etching