Fine Art

Gustave Loiseau

French, 1865-1935

L'avant-port de Fecamp'

Circa 1925
oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 24 inches (48 x 61 cm)
Framed: 28 x 32 inches (71 x 81)
Signed lower left: G. Loiseau


Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Palm Beach, Acquired from the above, c.1970
Sothebys, NY, November, 2005, sold for $84,000
Private Collection, USA
This painting is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity from Didier Imbert.

Gustave Loiseau was born in Paris in 1865. He spent a year at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and then entered the studio of the French landscape painter Fernand Just Quignon in 1889.  The following year, he moved to Pont-Aven in Bretagne where he came into contact with members of the Pont-Aven School and artists like Maxime Maufra, Henri Moret, and Emile Bernard. He also came into contact with Paul Gauguin in 1894 upon the latter’s return from Tahiti.  His subsequent works possess a greater sense of structure and feature freer brushstrokes.

Loiseau spent time in Etretat, best known for its cliffs and famous natural arch in the early years of the century. This landscape has been a constant source of inspiration for a variety of important nineteenth and twentieth century artists including Courbet, Boudin, Monet, and Matisse. In our work, Loiseau captures one of the most famous arches seen from the town, Porte d’Amont. The painting showcases his impressionistic brushwork of blues, purples, and white highlights while the grand Porte d’Amont, which dominates the right portion of the composition, provides the painting with structure and stability.  Amidst the lively and free brushwork, the viewer’s gaze is drawn to the sketchily rendered, anonymous figures on the beach. 

Loiseau enjoyed an active artistic career exhibiting in1895 at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts and in 1893 at the Salon des Independants.  Between 1890 and 1896 he regularly exhibited at the Post Impressionist shows and from 1903 to 1930 at the Salon d’Automne. 

Loiseau’s paintings can be found today in important collections on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Musee d’Orsay in Paris and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.