|Hélène Rivière |
Born in 1896, Hélène Rivière was drawn at an early age to the depiction of animals, and in 1938 she won the Rosa Bonheur prize for her talent as an animalier. She was also known for her flower paintings and for landscapes of the Tarn region, views of the eastern Pyrenees and the charming seaside villages of Collioure and Banyuls, where she spent some time being instructed by her great friend and mentor Henri Martin. Rivière began to participate in exhibitions of artists in France from 1920 on.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Rivière became a professor of art at a school for young women in Toulouse. She died in 1977, putting an end, as one journalist wrote at the time, “to her relationship with art, the companion of her life.”
Exhibited: Salon des Artistes Français, 1931 (silver medal), 1935 (gold medal); International Exposition, 1937 (silver medal).
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