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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Henri Le Sidaner
LA MAISON DU CANAL, VERNEUIL
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Henri Le Sidaner
LA MAISON DU CANAL, VERNEUIL
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Henri Le Sidaner
1862 - 1939
LA MAISON DU CANAL, VERNEUIL
signed Le Sidaner (lower left)
oil on canvas
81 by 100cm., 32 by 39 1/4 in.
Painted in 1922.
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Provenance

Georges Bergaud
Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 3rd June 1968, lot 11
Galerie Jean Dufresne, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Strasbourg, Galerie Aktuaryus, H. Martin - H. Le Sidaner, 1930, no. 14, illustrated in the catalogue
Brussels, Galerie des Artistes Français, Le Sidaner, 1931, no. 7

Literature

Le Soir Illustré, 21st November 1931
Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, L'Œuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, no. 477, illustrated p. 187

Catalogue Note

Glowing with a luminous crepuscular light, La Maison du canal, Verneuil (1922) is a tender symphony of quiet colours and gentle tonalities, displaying Henri Le Sidaner’s masterful ability to distil the effects of light and atmosphere to beautifully capture the time of day. Through a nostalgic and somewhat melancholic pictorial language, Le Sidaner’s shimmering waters and warm sunlight suggest an atmosphere of meditative and tranquil calm. As his great grandson, Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner writes, ‘His œuvre displays a taste for tender, soft and silent atmospheres. Gradually, he even went so far as to eliminate all human presence from his pictures, as if he feared that the slightest human form might disturb their muffled silence' (Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, L’Œuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, p. 31).

Le Sidaner’s landscapes are intimate manifestations of the artist’s imaginative psyche, which possess an astonishing luminosity through its subtle harmonies and painterly application of pigment. Delighting in the effect of light, the artist draws out his architectural and domestic environments in an intimate and atmospheric musicality. The artist plays with an earthy muted palette coupled by crisp and controlled brushstrokes, which capture a delicately ethereal moment that is as lively as it is serene. Through a distinct visual language that expresses an understated mystery, Le Sidaner pays tribute to his Symbolist roots, which as Camille Mauclair observes, is intensified by the absence of figures: ‘he considered that the silent harmony of things is enough to evoke the presence of those who live among them. Indeed, such presences are felt throughout his works. Deserted they may be but never empty. (Camille Mauclair, Henri Le Sidaner, Paris, 1928, p. 12).

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