Henri Hayden

Hayden, Henri
1883-1970
Born in Warsaw, this School of Paris painter, mainly of still life and landscapes studied engineering at Warsaw Polytechnic 1902-5, but also painting at the School of Fine Arts. He gave up engineering to devote himself entirely to painting.

Hayden moved in 1907 to Paris where he studied briefly at the art school La Palette. His first one-man exhibition was at the Galerie Druet, Paris, 1911. Hayden was heavily influenced by Cézanne and participated from 1915-21 in the Cubist movement, where he struck up friendships with Gris, Lipchitz and Picasso. Around 1922 he reacted against cubism and returned to the direct study of nature, taking refuge in the South of France during the German Occupation 1940-4.

After a long period of neglect following his development away from Cubism, his work began to win increasing recognition from about 1952.