Rivière, Henri

1864 – 1951

One of the most recognized designers of color woodcuts and lithographs in the 19th Century is Henri Rivière. A native of the Montmartre district of Paris, he was a habitué of the famous cabaret Le Chat Noir for which he worked as editor and illustrator of the cabaret’s journal and, along with Henri Somm, created “shadow theater” productions which were performed to great acclaim. Rivière’s prints generally depict views of Paris or Brittany using muted colors and incorporating elements of Japonism in the composition.