Henri Bouvrie (1896-1972) was a superb water colourist and print maker. He captured idyllic French landscapes and picturesque city views with unfailing accuracy and with a sensitive feel for each view, be it nature or manmade.
Bouvrie was born in the picturesque village of Vertus in the Marne region of north-eastern France. His passion and ability for drawing were evident from an early age, and his career path was clear. Bouvrie was educated at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Nîmes in the South of France. Upon graduating Bouvrie joined the studios of notable French painters of the period; Emile Humblot, Henri Royer and Jules Adler, where he perfected his unique artistic skill in both watercolour painting and engraving.
Bouvrie is celebrated for his masterful watercolours, which are of universal appeal. The technical skill of his work is considerable, and his capacity to capture subtleties of colour and tone have been highly influential for subsequent generations of artists. Enthralled by the enchanting river valleys of rural France that flowed through the luxuriant countryside and the snowcapped mountains in the Alps, Bouvrie’s watercolours perfectly capture his passion for the landscape. Whether sharpening his focus on panoramic views and sweeping landscapes, or on architectural details such as the dome of Sacré-Coeur and the Louvre, his works all bear the hallmark of an artist with consummate skill.
Throughout his career, Bouvrie had his work accepted and exhibited at the Paris Salon. He was a member of the Société des Artistes Français and was on the Jury for the submissions of etchings at the Paris Salon. At the pinnacle of his career, Bouvrie was awarded the Gold medal at the Paris Salon for his watercolour paintings and engravings. The artists’ legacy is remembered to this day in the form of the “Prix Henri Bouvrie” which is awarded to the highest esteemed contemporary print makers at the Paris exhibitions today.
Bouvrie’s work was purchased by the French State, the City of Paris and the “Cabinet des Estampes” and can be found in the museums of Saint-Dizier, Troyes, Reims, Nancy, Vesoul and Soissons.