Biography of Georges Riviere (1855-1943)

Writer and art critic French, born in Paris in 1855 and died in the same city in 1943, who led the magazine L'Impresionniste and several critical publications on the work of the main impressionist painters.

Georges Rivière was a close friend of the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) from before in that it organized the first Impressionist Exhibition in 1874. As proof of friendship, Renoir portrayed the writer as one of the characters who appear in his most celebrated work, dance at the Moulin de la Galette, canvas, executed in 1876. Georges Rivière collaboration with artists of the French Impressionist circle was channelled through the publication founded in 1877 by Auguste Renoir and led by title L'Impressionniste. Rivière was responsible for the five issues published in April of that year and its critical texts were sometimes the only ones who discovered the value of plastic artists grouped around Renoir contributions.

The following year the death of the great French painter (1920) and until his death in 1943, Riviere published several monographs dedicated to the main representatives of the movements Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, including those dedicated to his friend Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) Pierre-Auguste Renoir or Edgar Degas (1834-1917).


REWALD, JOHN. History of impressionism. (Barcelona, Editorial Seix Barral, 1994).

WALTER, INGO (editor). The painting of Impressionism 1860-1920. (Madrid, Benedikt Taschen, 1996).

DENVIR, BERNARD. Chronicle of impressionism. (Barcelona, Ediciones Destino, 1993).

VV.. painters of the 19th century. (Madrid, Lisba publishing, 2001).