Lot 106
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Gustave Loiseau

250,000 - 350,000 USD
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  • Gustave Loiseau
  • Falaises de Saint-Jouin
  • Signed G Loiseau (lower right); inscribed Falaises de Normandie- St Jouin and dated 1907 (on the stretcher)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 25 5/8  by 31 7/8  in.
  • 65.2 by 81 cm


Roger Collection, Paris
Corcellet Collection, Paris (acquired circa 1955-60; thence by descent and sold: Christie’s, Paris, May 20, 2011, lot 14)
Richard Green Fine Paintings, London (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above

Catalogue Note

Born in Paris in 1865, Gustave Loiseau, like many of the Impressionist painters, found inspiration in the coast of Normandy. In Falaises de Saint-Jouin, Loiseau eliminates almost every sign of human presence, choosing instead to focus on nature itself. The composition is anchored by the dramatic cliffs on the right, and framed by a wide expanse of sea and sky.

Turning to this particular landscape, Loiseau, like Monet (see fig. 1), followed in the footsteps of Gustave Courbet, who painted some of his best-known works on the coast of Normandy. Heather Lemonedes writes, "Courbet first journeyed to the Normandy coast when he was twenty-one and was immediately captivated by it. He made numerous return visits in the 1860s, painting the sea and the beach and establishing a reputation as a marine painter. In 1866 the Count de Choiseul lent Courbet a house at Trouville, where the artist spent time in the company of Monet and Boudin. One critic described the sea as producing 'the same emotion as love' in Courbet" (Heather Lemonedes in Monet in Normandy (exhibition catalogue), Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, 2006-07, pp. 82-83). 

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Didier Imbert.