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Henri Hayden (1883 - 1970)


It is typical that a Polish-born artist, especially one who was a Jew, at the beginning of this century should regard Paris as his natural habitat. Henri Hayden arrived in Paris in 1907, aged 24, and only four years later held his first one-man exhibition. From that point onward, Paris became his home. 

He was a School of Paris painter, mainly of still life and landscape. Cezanne and Cubism were the classical influences on the young artist. Hayden's career as a whole represents an artist whose periods of significant creativity occurred at the beginning and end of a long professional career. 

His first important picture, The Chess Players at La Totonde, in the manner of Cezanne, was shown at the Salon des Indépendants in 1914; shortly afterwards he was introduced to Juan Gris, by a fellow Pole, the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. Soon after Hayden began his Cubist period, which lasted between 1916 and 1921. 

Gris led him to the dealer Léonce Rosenberg, and through him to Metziner, Severini, Picasso, and Matisse, all significant influences on the artist. Although Hayden produced a fine series of cubist pictures, the most famous The Three Musicians, now in the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, he never completely adopted the cubist aesthetic.

From 1922 his oeuvre took on a more figurative manner, especially in landscape painting, which proved immensely successful with dealers and the public. By 1950 there were signs of a return to a sub-cubist mannerism in his work, and as a result the landscapes and still-lifes of his last 20 years became both more simplified and more definitely composed than the previous period. Never fussy or labored, with an elegant calligraphy, they combine a new richness of color with lyrical melancholy. Meditation and purity of vision mark the painter's last years.

Biography from the Archives of AskART


Public Collections

Tate Modern in London

The Museum of Modern Art in New York

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh

Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain

Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, East Sussex, England

Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands