Henri Le Sidaner
Maison sur le canal, Nemours, 1903
Signed and dated
India ink, pencil, pastel and crayon on board
7 x 8 7/8 in, 18 x 22.5 cm
In 1880 Henri Le Sidaner moved to Paris where he studied painting first at the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel and then at the Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts. In the French...
In 1880 Henri Le Sidaner moved to Paris where he studied painting first at the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel and then at the Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts. In the French capital he received fresh inspiration from both the Impressionist painterly technique and the mysterious and compelling atmospheres favoured by the Symbolists. Over time Le Sidaner brought these two generally contrasting strands together in his own art, creating works that pay homage to the beauty and the mystery of the natural world.
Increasingly self-assured and critically acclaimed in his artistic vision, Le Sidaner’s technique, style and ambition were already set by the turn of the century. In 1900 he exhibited in the first exhibition of the Société Nouvelle at the Galerie Georges Petit, alongside such artist friends as Henri Martin and Edmond Aman-Jean. He subsequently won a contract from the prestigious Galerie Georges Petit, and was given regular solo exhibitions there.
Influenced by a taste for tender, soft and silent atmospheres, ‘Maison sur le canal, Nemours’ beautifully typifies Le Sidaner’s work of the period. The town of Nemours is a commune of the Seine-et-Marne département in North-central France, south of Fontainebleau, and situated on the Loing River. The catalogue raisonné records several visits to Nemours, of which this 1903 visit seems to be the first, coinciding with his move to Versailles with his wife-to-be, Camille.
The present work is a study for the full-size work 'Maisons sur le canal, Nemours', 1903, illustrated in: Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, 'Le Sidaner. L'oeuvre peint et gravé', Editions André Sauret, Paris, 1989, no. 163, p. 92. Le Sidaner painted the same view in 'Nemours (Seine-et-Marne) France' which is in the collection of Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust.
Private Collection, Paris
Chatou, Musée Fournaise, Henri Le Sidaner - Le Secret des Lumiéres, 29 April - 29 October 2006 illus. p.30
Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner. L'oeuvre peint et gravé, Editions André Sauret, Paris, 1989, no.919, illus. p.315
Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Henri Le Sidaner Paysages intimes, Monelle Hayot, Saint-Rémy-en-L'eau, 2013, illus. p.153