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Heywood Hardy

Heywood Hardy

  November 25, 1842        1933
   •   Post impressionism   •   Wikipedia: Heywood Hardy
83 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #2404
Heywood Hardy was a British painter who was particularly valued for his animal paintings and hunting scenes. He was the youngest of 10 children of the respected landscape painter James Hardy Senior. Many of his siblings and cousins also became well-known artists. So it was no different to expect that the youngest offspring of the family also grappled with art. At the age of 17, Heywood Hardy left the family home after an argument with his father and moved to Bristol. There he started painting and sold some of his first works. At the age of 22, he was allowed to exhibit at the Royal Academy for the first time. By then he had finally saved enough money to move to Paris and study at the École des Beaux-Art. There he was mainly taught by Isidore Pils .

Hardy's passion for art was great. He spent most of his free time in Paris copying the paintings in the Louvre. After living and studying in Paris for a few years, the young artist moved back to England after a short detour via Antwerp. From 1870 he lived in London and shared a studio with the British painter Briton Riviére . From then on, Hardy devoted almost exclusively to animal painting. It was particularly important to him to study the anatomy and movements of his objects exactly. To this end, Hardy made several trips to Egypt to observe and paint animals in the wild. His second preferred place of study was the London Zoo. He also took lessons in comparative anatomy from a zoology professor. Hardy even painted the illustrations for the professor's study on horse gait. When a lioness died in the London Zoo, Hardy took the opportunity to acquire the dead animal and have it prepared for it.

In his later works, Hardy increasingly turned to hunting scenes in his art or painted portrait pictures of his clients while riding and in nature. He was a sought-after painter who was often invited to his patrons' homes to paint them or their beloved animals. Hardy was not actually an Impressionist painter, but rather belonged to the Victorian era, but his style showed some similarity to this art movement. This is probably due to the fact that he was in Paris at the time when Impressionism was at its peak. At the age of 83 there was another turn in Hardy's art. He moved to Sussex and painted religious motifs and altarpieces. Some of his last works portrayed Christ walking through the Sussex countryside or accompanied by personalities from the region. Hardy was married to Mary Beechy. The couple had four daughters, two of whom also became successful artists. © Meisterdrucke


A Lion's Head
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Miss A.L.North on 'Ivanhoe'
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Miss A.L.North on 'Ivanhoe'
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God's Covenant with Noah
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God's Covenant with Noah
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The Rendez-Vous,
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