Henriette Tirman

Henriette Tirman

Henriette Tirman, by Jean Marchand (1883-1940)
Born 1875
Died October 30, 1952(1952-10-30)
Nationality French
Known for Painter
Movement Post-Impressionism
Officier d'académie[1]

Jeanne-Henriette Tirman (born 1875 in Charleville-Mézieres (Ardenne); died 30 October 1952 in Sèvres (Hauts-de-Seine)) was a French woman painter and printmaker.


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Henriette Tirman was a Post-Impressionist painter, printmaker and illustrator with an association with figures of the Bloomsbury Group.

She was the daughter of doctor Charles-Louis-Henry Tirman and Berte Hanonet de La Grange[2] and also the niece of Senator Louis Tirman (1837-1899).[3] She lived in the family of her brother, Councillor of State Alexandre-Louis-Albert Tirman (1868-1939) in Paris, 22 rue de l'Yvette.[4][5]

Her art was influenced by Cézanne. She painted in a manner that respected Cézanne's ideas of logical composition, simple tonality, solidity of volume, and distinct separation of planes. While Matisse represented the reflective and rationalized aspects in the group, Tirman embodied a more spontaneous and instinctive style.

The painter exhibited at the Salon de Champs-Élysées starting in 1897.[6][7] In 1900 she had participated at the Exposition Universelle of Paris.[8] Since 1906 to 1951[9] she exhibited her paintings at the Salon d'Automne[10] and at the Salon Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts[11]

Since 1907 exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants[12] where her paintings were put together with those of Henri Matisse, René Schützenberger, Maurice de Vlaminck, Robert Delaunay, Othon Friesz, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Signac, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Henri Manguin, Georges Braque, Louis Valtat, Charles Camoin, Albert Marquet, Felix Vallotton and other artists.

Jeanne-Henriette Tirman, Réflexion (self-portrait), Salon (SNBA) 1908

/ In 1915 she participated at the Exhibition of French and Belgian Art Panama–Pacific International Exposition.[13] In 1919 she was working on illustrations of La Gebre periodical in Woodcut technique[14] together with Paul Signac,[15] Henri Ottmann and other painters.[16] In 1920, Tirman exhibited at the Gallery Marcel Bernheim together with Henri Manguin, Henri Ottmann and others.[17]

Since 1920s Henriette Tirman exhibited at the annual Salon des Tuileries[18][19] in Paris.

In 1933 she took part in Salon de Echanges. At the same time, in accompany with her friend Sonia Lewitska (1880-1937),[20] she helps André Fau and Francis Thieck in room decoration suggesting services of painters from her closest circle: Raoul Dufy, André Lhote, André Hellé (1871-1945) and Jean Marchand. Thereby she supported her friends in tough times of economic crisis in the country.[21]

Also as Othon Friesz[22] she was part of group of artists called "Artistes de ce Temps” and exhibited at the Petit Palais in 1934.[23]

In 1937, Henriette Tirman with friends creates in her house (Paris, 22 rue de l'Yvette) the Society of Friends Sonia Lewitska, which organized in 1938 two retrospective exhibitions of the artist in the Gallery Sagot - Le Garrec.[24][25]

After decease of her brother in 1939 she moves to Sèvres (Seine-et-Oise), to madam Berthe-Marie Cazin[26] wife of ceramist Jean-Michel Cazin and lives in her house at 30 avenue de Bellevue.[27]

She was rewarded with the rank of Officier d'Academie.



  1. Panthéon de la Légion d'honneur. 1907; BNF
  2. Henriette TIRMAN, geneanet.org
  3. Wright, Vincent (2007). Les préfets de Gambetta/Louis Tirman (1837-1899). Harper & Row. p. 399. ISBN 978-2-84050-504-4.
  4. Annuaire des grands cercles (Paris); BnF
  5. Annuaire de la curiosité et des beaux-arts : Paris, départements, étranger 1911-1924, BnF
  6. Salon de Champs-Élysées 1897, BnF
  7. Salon de Champs-Élysées 1897, It is corrected; BnF
  8. Catalogue officiel illustré de l'exposition décennale des beaux-arts / Exposition universelle de 1900, p.263, №1833-1836
  9. [Salon d'Automne, Listing of artists/Jeanne-Henriette TIRMAN]; Comoedia (Paris. 1907), 1910/10/03 (A4,N1099), p.2, Comoedia au Salon d'Automne; Gallica BnF
  10. Catalogue des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, dessin, gravure, architecture et art décoratif, Société du Salon d'automne 1906, p.162, №1672; archive.org
  11. Société nationale des beaux-arts (France), Catalogue illustré du salon de 1906, №1154; archive.org
  12. Société des artistes indépendants/ Catalogue de la 23me exposition, 1907. p.304 (p.306). Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.); 1909, no.1528-1529; Bnf; 1910, no.4959-4964; Bnf
  13. Toledo Museum of Art, Catalogue an exhibition of French and Belgian art from the Panama-Pacific International exposition, November 1916. p.17 archive.org
  14. Comoedia (Paris); 1921-07-20 Gallica BnF
  15. La Gerbe; 1921/04 (A3,N31) BnF
  16. La Gerbe; 1919-1921; BnF
  17. Le Petit Parisien, 1920/03/01 (Numéro 15708), p.2, Salons at Expositions; Gazette des beaux-arts (Paris), 1920/03/15 (N5), p.36; Gallica BnF
  18. Mercure de France : série moderne / directeur Alfred Vallette, 1934; BnF
  19. Les Nouvelles littéraires, artistiques et scientifiques : hebdomadaire d'information, de critique et de bibliographie; BnF
  20. Journal officiel de la République française, 1938/12/02 (A70,N282), p.13580, Les Amis De Sonia Lewitska(Paris, 22 rue de l'Yvette); Inventaire du fonds français après 1800 / Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes. p.298, Sonia Lewitska; birth date 1880; Journal des débats politiques et littéraires, 1937/09/24 (Numéro 264), p,2, death date Sonia Lewitska - 1937/09/20; Gallica BnF
  21. Comoedia (Paris. 1907), 1933/12/21 (A27,N7621), p.1, Le Salon de Echanges..; Gallica BnF
  22. Exposition du Premier Groupe des Artistes De Ce Temps, Petit Palais, 1934 (Paris)
  23. L'Art et les artistes (Paris); La Croix, 1935 (Paris); Gallica BnF
  24. Journal officiel de la République française, 1938/12/02 (A70,N282), p.48; Gallica BnF
  25. sagot-legarrec.com
  26. Salon d'Automne, catalog with the exhibited works by the artist; 1941, p. 122
  27. Christie's, Arts Décoratifs du XXe siècle et Design, 21 November 2012, sale 3516; lot 20; Michel Cazin (1869-1917) VASE AUX FLEURS, 1900 '..étiquette manuscrite Michel Cazin/30 Av. de Bellevue/Sèvres..'
  28. Bodhicaryavatara, 1920La Bhagavadgìta, 1922 archive.org; Comoedia(Paris), 1923-03-25 BnF
  29. Notice WorldCat; sudoc; BnF. Engraved on wood and unpublished drawings of: Matisse, J. Marchand, R. Dufy, Sonia Lewitska, de Segonzac, Jean Émile Laboureur, Friesz, Marquet, Pierre Laprade, Signac, Louis Latapie, Suzanne Valadon, Henriette Tirman and others.´


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