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Henri Le Sidaner
LA TABLE DEVANT LA FENÊTRE
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323

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Henri Le Sidaner
LA TABLE DEVANT LA FENÊTRE
Estimate
300,000500,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Henri Le Sidaner
1862 - 1939
LA TABLE DEVANT LA FENÊTRE
signed Le Sidaner (lower right)
oil on canvas
60.8 by 73cm., 24 by 28 3/4 in.
Painted in Versailles in 1921.
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Provenance

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris
Knoedler & Co, Paris
Collection H. van Beek, Rotterdam (acquired by 1933)
Private Collection, United Kingdom (by descent from the above)
Thence by descent to the present owners

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Exposition des Douze, 1921, no. 26
Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Exposition de Brighton, 1923, no. 158
Amsterdam, Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker, Het Stilleven, 1933, no. 88

Literature

Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, l’Œuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, no. 471, illustrated p. 184

Catalogue Note

Imbued with the luminous glow of late afternoon sun, La Table devant la fenêtre reveals Henri Le Sidaner’s remarkable ability to distil the effects of light and atmosphere within his paintings. An array of still life accoutrements – bottles, a teapot and cups – have been arranged enticingly atop the table, whilst two exquisitely delicate cut flower stems decorate the edge of the cloth.  There is a timeless quality to the scene; a moment of tranquil domesticity immortalised on canvas to profound effect.

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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