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Born in rural town of Colombes in France in 1877, Rene His was the pupil of well-known artists Jules Lefebvre and T Tobert-Fleury. Although he was most heavily influenced by Henri Biva’s meticulous style and feeling for nature inspired him to strive for perfection in his depiction of the woodland and river banks.

 

Most well known for his detailed landscape paintings, Rene His travelled throughout France during his lifetime, painting landscapes. He regularly visited Provence, where he would capture the still-ness of the French rivers and tributaries. However he is also known to have made several trips to Algeria where he painted the local people.

 

Having been a member of La Societe des Artistes Francais in 1897, and receiving various commendations, Rene His becoming somewhat of a recluse towards the end of his lifetime, Rene His took little interest in public exhibitions. He focused his energy in becoming an expert in the portrayal of light and shade within a landscape, and became critically acclaimed for his detailed depiction of trees in their naturalness.

 

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