Lot 107
  • 107

Gustave Loiseau

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Gustave Loiseau
  • Les Falaises de Fécamp
  • Signed G Loiseau. and dated 1914 (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 23 5/8 by 36 1/4 in.
  • 60 by 92 cm


Durand-Ruel, Paris (acquired directly from the artist in 1914)
Monsieur de Ruaz, Paris (acquired in 1942)
Sale: Ader Tajan, Paris, June 27, 1994, lot 28
Private Collection, France
Private Collection, Florida
James Francis Trezza, New York
Acquired from the above


Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Gustave Loiseau, 1928, no. 34

Catalogue Note

Born in Paris in 1865, Gustave Loiseau, like many of the Impressionist painters, found inspiration in the coast of Normandy. In Les Falaises de Fécamp, Loiseau eliminates any signs of human presence, choosing instead to focus on nature itself. The composition is anchored by the dramatic cliffs shooting into the distance at left, and framed by a wide expanse of sea and sky.

Turning to this particular landscape, Loiseau, like Monet, followed in the footsteps of Gustave Courbet, who painted some of his best 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).