Description & Technical information

This atmospheric drawing by Henri Le sidaner shows a table set for an intimate dinner in the middle of a picturesque rural village in France. This village is Gerberoy, in the Oise department of Northern France, where the artist had a home for years. In 1900 he first visited the tiny village which became the inspiration for many of his paintings and where he painted many of his beautiful still lifes. He described the town as a “haven of peace” and also described it as being “seeped in history and gentle nostalgia.” This is probably due to its crucial location both during the battles between the Normans and the English in the 11th Century, and the Hundred Years’ War in the 14th and 15th Century.

Date:  1901
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Watercolour, Pencil on paper, Coloured crayon
Signature: Signed lower right

Dimensions: 57.15 x 48.26 cm (22¹/₂ x 19 inches)
Provenance: 

Sale, Mr Bellier, Paris, March 19, 1937, lot 209;
Count Arnauld Doria, Paris (acquired during the above sale);
Then by descent, Private collection, France;
Private collection, United Kingdom 

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints