Loiseau increasingly turned to subjects from daily life during the mature period of his career. In this painting of Pont-Aven, Loiseau focuses upon the flurry of activity in the village as the congregation from mass streams out into the streets. Looking down from the open window of his studio, Loiseau highlights the women’s traditional Breton costumes with flashes of white across their starched collars and lace Coiffes. By employing the Post-Impressionist technique of short, hatched brushstrokes of colour, Loiseau is able to suggest the nuances of light across the paved road and slanted roofs in the early evening sun.
Loiseau painted a number of works of Pont-Aven in the early 1920s at different moments of the day and under different conditions. This style of working was inspired by the older generation of Impressionists such as Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet who frequently returned to the same subjects to capture the effects of changing light and atmosphere. Many of the works from this series are now in private collections and this particular example of the Pont-Aven series was originally handled by the famous Impressionist dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who began to represent Loiseau in 1898. Gustave Loiseau’s work can now be found in public collections around the world including Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; Art Institute of Chicago; Musée d’Orsay, Paris and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Gustave Loiseau (on deposit from 9 January 1924 - 8 April 1924 at Durand-Ruel, Paris)
Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York (acquired 8 April 1924)
Chester Dale Collection, New York (purchased 6 October 1928)
Julian Aberbach Fine Art, New York
Frank Morini, New York (acquired from the above c.1992)
Private Collection, Vienna (thence by descent)
Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, 1 January 1928
Lehigh, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, 1 May 1928
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity (no. C 833) signed by Didier Imbert and dated 16 December 2016, stating that it will be included in the forthcoming Gustave Loiseau Catalogue Raisonne currently being prepared