Henri Le Sidaner
- Henri Le Sidaner
- Le Soleil dans les vitres
- Signed Le Sidaner (lower right)
- Oil on canvas
- 36 1/4 by 27 1/8 in.
- 92.1 by 68.9 cm
Private Collection, Ontario (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 13, 1996, lot 177)
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Henri le Sidaner, 1939, no. 16
Paris, Musée Galliéra, 1948, no. 62
Paris, Galerie Lorenceau, Tables et fenêtres par H. le Sidaner, 1952, no. 32
Le Sidaner’s work parallels that of Monet in terms of style as well as choice of motif; both artists would reiterate the same subject matter in all seasons and during all times of day in order to isolate the variations of light. The Impressionist technique of using short, fragmented brushstrokes and intensified colors was particularly suited to Le Sidaner’s desire to capture the nuances of natural light.
Le Soleil dans les vitres is a rich depiction of an interior view of Le Sidaner’s home in Versailles. The artist’s careful attention to color, light and shadow build from the panes of glass in the French doors in the center of the composition to the far room, bathed in light from the window at left.
In 1903 Le Sidaner and his family had moved to Versailles where they spent the winters, returning to the town of Gerberoy only in the summers. Versailles soon became the artist’s favorite place of residence, providing him with numerous compositional subjects. In his later years, Le Sidaner would focus heavily on depictions of Versailles that “include intimate views into and out of his own living quarters, in which draftsmanship and composition increasingly give way to painterly effects and to broader and rougher brushwork” (Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, op.cit., p. 178).
A favored theme for the artist, the view through a window or door exhibits Le Sidaner’s particular skill in capturing light; the artist communicates a palpable distinction between the cool shadows of the foreground and the warm sunlight of the adjacent room. His son recalls: “[Le Sidaner] frequently represented interiors, in which the sunlight was softened by gently rippling curtains. When my father caught one of these ‘special effects,’ he nodded in my direction and stood there, glazing towards the horizon, impressing on his mind the scene he had just witnessed” (ibid., p. 10).