La Table devant la fenêtre was painted in Versailles, where Le Sidaner had first moved in 1903. The artist and his family spent the winters there, returning to the town of Gerberoy during the summer, where he also owned a property. Versailles soon became the artist’s favourite 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, Le Sidaner: l’Œuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, p. 178). The invitingly adorned table positioned in front of a window was a favoured theme for the artist, enabling him to communicate a palpable distinction between external and internal light. 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).
The significance of La Table devant la fenêtre was highlighted by its inclusion in an exhibition at Galerie Georges Petit in Paris in 1921, the year of its creation. By 1933 it had passed into a private collection, remaining with the descendants of the same family until the present day.
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