Oil on canvas
18 x 21 1/2 inches (45.7 x 54.6 cm)
Framed: 27 1/2 x 31 inches (70 x 79 cm)
Signed lower right: G. Loiseau
The Artist, 1927
Durand-Ruel Paris & Galeries Georges Petit, Paris
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Private Collection, Acquired from the above, 1970
Sothebys, NY, March 1998
Private Collection, USA and then by descent
To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist being prepared by Marie-Anne Destrebecq.
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, Emile Dezaunay, and Emile Bernard. He also met Henri Moret, who influenced his Impressionist style and convinced him to exhibit his paintings at the Salon des Indépendants in 1891 and 1892.
In 1894 Louiseau met Paul Gauguin after his return from Tahiti, and a deep friendship grew between the two artists. His subsequent works possess a greater sense of structure and feature freer brushstrokes. Loiseau met with continued artistic success, exhibiting at the Salon des Independants in 1893 and at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1895. Between 1890 and 1896 he regularly exhibited at the Post Impressionist shows and from 1903 to 1930 at the Salon d’Automne.
Loiseau traveled often throughout the countryside of France. He liked to paint in series, much like Monet, and attempted to capture scenes in different times of the day. He chose to depict the transformations in nature caused by changing light. Sensitive as he was to every nuance, he refused to paint in the glaring midday light – bright colors hurt his eyes; he preferred softer, subtler scenes –afternoons when the sky is dotted with clouds, the soft golden light at the end of the day, morning fog and evening mists and the dreamy effects of snow.