Henry Bryant Jr.

Henry Bryant Jr. died Friday, April 9, 2010, at his French residence in Le Grau-du-Roi. He was 89. He was the son of Henry Bryant Sr. of Waukesha.

Early in life, Henry started creating art, especially etchings and paintings. Later, he produced cartoons. After World War II, he went to study at Diego Rivera’s school in Mexico. All his life, he was impressed by that human and artistic experience with the famous artist. Henry also adopted the Mexican country, language and culture, trying to represent popular scenes and landscapes through is own contacts and experiences with Mexican people. He refused modern art and preferred figurative art. The French press often compared him with Le Douanier Rousseau. Known in Mexico in the 1960s as Enrique Bryant, with a prolific production of art, he later relocated with his family to his wife’s country of France. There, he established his studio in the city of Montpellier and continued to represent the people and landscapes of France.

He was the brother of John Jay Bryant of Delafield, Mardi Bryant Jones of Dallas, Charles Brate Bryant of Dousman and Anthony W. Bryant of Waukesha. He is also survived by his four children, Manuel, Andrés, François and Tanguy, and grandchildren, living as French citizens.

His wife, Yvonne, preceded him in death in 2001.