Born in Poland, Henri Hayden trained in Warsaw, then in 1907 went to Paris for a year, but stayed. Cezanne and Cubism were influences - but from 1922 he rejected this aesthetic and developed a more figurative manner, especially in landscape painting, which proved immensely successful. As he was Jewish, he was forced into hiding in the South of France during the German occupation. By 1950 there were signs of a return to a sub-cubist mannerism in his work, and as a result the landscapes and still life's of his last 20 years became both more simplified and more definitely composed than the previous period.
There are three prints by this artist in the collection, two of which are currently on display in Pathfoot A corridor