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Henry Moret
Cherbourg, Frankreich, 1856 — 1913

Henry Moret (1856, Cherbourg – 1913, Paris) was a French impressionist painter active in the artists' colony of Pont-Aven. He was particularly known for his colourful landscapes of the Breton coast. Moret was trained by the marine painter Ernest Corroller, who taught him the art of landscape painting as practiced by masters such as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet and enabled him to enroll at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1880, Moret held his first exhibition at the Paris Salon.
In 1888, he went to Pont-Aven, where numerous artists had since gathered, including Paul Gauguin, who subsequently exerted considerable influence, as numerous traces of Symbolism can be found in Moret's work from that point on. After Gauguin left the region in 1891, Moret began developing his own style. In 1895, he met Paul Durand-Ruel, who had galleries in Paris, London, and New York, enabling Moret to hold various exhibitions of his works. From 1900 onward, Moret amplified the impressionist expression in his paintings by applying smaller blotches of colour and using finer brushstrokes, as was preferred by the Pont-Aven artists. Moret increased his focus on landscapes, narrowing his selection to depictions displaying manipulations of light, such as sunsets or coastal scenes.