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Richir Herman Jean Joseph, born in Ixelles on 4 December 1866 and died in Uccle on 15 March 1942 , was a painter academic Belgian scenes allegorical and mythological subject, and is especially known for his painting of woman. He also did paintings of still life and landscapes.
He also produced posters under the pseudonym Hamner (an anagram of his name), including two chromolithographs advertising Delhaize style Art Nouveau.
Herman Richir entered the Academy of Fine Arts of Saint-Josse-ten-Node and received backing from Charles Hermans who provided valuable advice. From 1884 to 1889 he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels under the direction of Jean-François Portaels. Already a memer of the Academy in 1885, Richir ranked second in the Prix de Rome behind Constant Montald. In 1889, he obtained the triennial exhibition of Ghent, a gold medal for his group The Family Meulenbergh Ward. It was entered in the Salons of Paris in 1889 and 1892, and the Brussels Universal Exhibition of 1897.
First appointed professor of drawing lessons from life at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 1900, Herman Richir was a professor of painting from 1905 to 1927. His teaching had a great influence on many of his students, including two prominent members of the group Nervia, Louis Buisseret and Léon Navez .
While still teaching, he worked sporadically as a Director within the same institution from 1906 to 1927.
Suffering from stomach cancer, Richir nevertheless continued his career as a painter. He died on 15 March 1942, leaving behind a considerable body of work (including over 400 portraits) distributed in numerous museums, including those in Brussels, Antwerp, Namur, Liege, Lille, Barcelona, Liverpool, Budapest, Sydney and Seattle.
He was a full member of the Royal Society of Fine Arts and was also part of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
• The painter Henri David (1891), the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille
• The painter Charles Hermans, private collection
• Eugène Anspach (1894), the National Bank of Belgium. Fifth Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (1888-1890)
• The painter Robert Alexander (1901), the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (Antwerp)
• King Leopold II of Belgium, collection of Royal Palace of Brussels
• The Count of Flanders (1906), collection of Royal Palace of Brussels
• Theophilus Lantsheere (1907), the National Bank of Belgium. Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (1905-1918)
• The painter Emile Van Doren (nl) and his family, the Municipal Museum Emile Van Doren (nl) at Genk
• Viscount Alfred Simonis (1909), the Belgian Federal Parliament . President of the Belgian Senate (1908-1911)
• Julien Liebaert (nl) , the National Bank of Belgium. Minister of State and head of the National Bank during the First World War
• Silvio Ranieri (1916), the Maison des Arts in Schaerbeek
• The Board of Admnistration the National Bank of Belgium (1918), the National Bank of Belgium
• King Albert I of Belgium and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, the National Bank of Belgium
• The Cardinal Mercier (1923), a collection of the town of Saint-Josse-ten-Node
• King Albert I of Belgium, the Belgian Federal Parliament
• King Albert I of Belgium and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, Samuel Hill, President of the United States Trust Company of Seattle
• Queen Elisabeth of Belgium (1930), the Belgian Federal Parliament
• Viscountess Terlinden ( Elizabeth Verhaegen) (1930), the Maison des Arts in Schaerbeek
• Digneffe Émile (1933), the Belgian Federal Parliament. Mayor of Liège (1921-1927) and President of the Belgian Senate (1932-1934)
• King Leopold III of Belgium and Queen Astrid of Belgium , private collection
Human figures (other portraits, compositions, nudes)
• The lady with the velvet coat , the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
• Black and white, in the warmth of the shade , the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
• Juliet Wytsman Rudolph (1896), Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, d'Ixelles
• Spring freshness , the Charlier Museum in Saint-Josse-ten-Node
• The jewel in the Hall of Schaerbeek
• Small amazon at Detroit Athletic Club ()
• Rose d'Ispahan, private collection
• Princess of China, private collection
• Beauty, my concern , private collection
• Pearl and green, private collection
• The young woman in mask, private collection
• Sleep Jamilé, private collection
• A look into the past, private collection
• The preparations for the evening , private collection
• War and Peace (1914), private collection
• Fountain of Love (1919), in the Hall of Schaerbeek
• Work (1919), at the Hall of Schaerbeek
• Rest (1919), at the Hall of Schaerbeek
• Marsh near Genk at Municipal Museum Emile Van Doren (nl) at Genk Chromolithographs (posters) signed "Hamner"
• At-La-Belle Jardiniere . Chicory - Tapioca. Émile Staelens, Ghent. Presses JL Goffart
• Trianon du Bois de la Cambre (1896). Restaurant, Station, Brussels, 34 Market herbs. Presses JL Goffart
• Au Bon Marché. Colonial goods, wines & spirits (1896). Delhaize Frères & Cie. Presses JL Goffart
• Au Bon Marché. Coffee (1896). Delhaize Frères & Cie. Presses JL Goffart
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