Verdure (Ottmann)

Henri OTTMANN (Ancenis, 1877 – Vernon, 1927)

Henri Ottmann was a painter and pastellist of nudes, genre scenes, landscapes, and still-lifes.
He made his debut at the Salon de la Libre Esthétique in Brussels in 1904 and took part in the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon d’Automne, the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon des Tuileries in Paris from 1905. In 1911 and 1912, Ottmann exhibited at the Gallery Paul Durand-Ruel together with Armand Guillaumin, Henri Lebasque and others, and at the gallery Eugène Druet. He worked on illustrations of “La Gebre” periodical together with Paul Signac, Henriette Tirman and other painters. In 1922, he exhibited at the Exposition du Cercle Artistique de Bruxelles together with Pierre Bonnard, Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, André Lhote, Henri Matisse, Paul Signac, Maurice de Vlaminck and others.
Ottmann was a delicate painter and colorist of great sensitivity and expression. He revered Renoir’s work, from which he derived a certain rawness of tone. He intended to create huge compositions taken from contemporary life in a very modern way. His early years had been uncomfortable – he had experienced poverty, which led him to produce works that often appeal to art collectors. There are also vigorous still-life works dating from this period. As soon as he became well known, Ottmann refined his style and simplified his drawings and colors. He gravitated towards sensual smoothness, painting charming pictures of the female form. He expressed his artistic talent best in paintings of nudes.
Ottmann died on June 1, 1927 in Vernon in an automobile accident.


Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne
Paris, Musée du Luxembourg
Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Grenoble, Musée de Grenoble
Nantes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Autun, Musée Rolin