"The Hague - Henri Hayden (1883-1970)"An oil on paper mounted on canvas measuring 46 x 33 cm (without the frame montparnasse) signed lower right and located on the back at The Hague by Henri Hayden (1883-1970)
Henri Hayden is a French painter and lithographer of Polish origin, born December 24, 1883 in Warsaw and died in Paris on May 12, 1970.
Henri Hayden, "under parental pressure", followed in 1902 engineering studies at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw, registering parallel to the School of fine arts. In 1907, he moved to Paris in a workshop located boulevard Saint-Michel where he worked in great solitude, however attending for a few months in the year 1908 painting academy La Palette where teach Georges Desvallières and Charles Guerin. He spent the summer of 1908 in Pont-Aven, returning to Brittany, Pouldu, from 1909 to 1912. In 1909, Hayden participated for the first time in the Salon d'automne. In 1910, he met André Salmon. His first solo exhibition was held in 1911 at the Druet Gallery in Paris. From 1912 his admiration for Cézanne is such that we qualify his production until 1914 period "Cézanne". From the years 1914-1915, Hayden frequent cubists and, recommended by Juan Gris, signed in 1915 an exclusive contract with the gallery of the Modern Effort directed by Léonce Rosenberg, ardent defender of cubists. Under the German occupation, Henri Hayden first fled to Auvergne where he met his friend Robert Delaunay. They join Mougins on the Côte d'Azur, but the German advance of 1943 led Hayden to take refuge in Roussillon d'Apt (Vaucluse) where he befriended Samuel Beckett. Back in Paris in 1944, Hayden discovered his looted studio.