Work of the Month – October

HENRI HAYDEN (1883-1970)
Vue sur la Ferte sous Jouarre, 1963
oil and gouache on board
15 ½ x 22 ½ inches

Ernest Hecht, Esq.
With The Waddington Galleries, London.
Private collection, UK.

Our Work of the Month for October is Henri Hayden’s Vue sur la Ferte sous Jouarre.

Born in Poland in 1883, Hayden studied engineering and art concurrently in Warsaw, before dedicating his life to art. In 1907 he moved to Paris and made France his permanent home. He initially attended ‘La Palette’, a private academy that was the school for many future Cubists. He became acquainted with the École de Paris and had his first exhibition at the Galerie Druet in 1911, showing at Salon des Indépendents for the first time two years later. Hayden left the city regularly to visit Brittany, where he spent his summers until 1921. In 1919 his dealer Léonce Rosenberg (known as the ‘defender of Cubism’) organised a solo exhibition of Hayden’s works in his gallery. However Hayden’s early commitment to Cubism was not to last and from 1921 a more pronounced and fluid figuration emerged in his work. In later life, and particularly after 1960, he strove to simplify his forms and structures, and this painting is an eloquent example of his mature style.

In France Hayden was widely feted, and here the Tate Gallery owns two paintings, a still-life and a landscape, and more than a dozen lithographs. The critic Eric Newton identified Hayden’s ‘purely personal mood’ of ‘innocent lyricism’ which he saw leading directly to the experiments in colour of Mark Rothko and Patrick Heron.