This work will be included in the forthcoming Loiseau Catalogue raisonné being prepared by Didier Imbert.
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris Sale: Ader-Picard-Tajan, Paris, 18th November 1989, lot 71 Acquired by the present owner circa 1990
‘For Loiseau, endowed with intense sensitivity, possesses the delicacy and subtlety of a poet… This ceaseless effort to transform the heaviness of pictorial matter into the lightness of the produced impression, by the alchemy of shades of colours, always remained at the heart of his research, revealing a true knowledge of his profession’
The canvas is not lined. UV examination reveals three small areas of retouching towards the lower left corner. The canvas is slightly frayed in places along the extreme edge where it meets the stretcher. There is a vertical stretcher bar mark at the centre of the canvas with associated fine lines of craquelure and some scattered fine lines of craquelure predominantly to the thicker areas of impasto. This work is in overall good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."