Description & Technical information

Gustave
Loiseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter, known for his landscape
paintings and Parisian Street scenes. He was a great traveller, painting
throughout France but was drawn primarily to the Normandy coast, including the
locations Dieppe, Fécamp, and Étretat.



In
the spring of 1895, Loiseau moved to Moret-sur-Loing and began painting the
hills and rivers of the region. From that time on, Loiseau was to be one of the
most sincere interpreters of the French landscape. Unlike his contemporaries
the Mediterranean coast held few attractions, as he journeyed through Normandy,
Brittany, and the Dordogne in summer, returning to the Île-de-France each
winter.



The elemental beauty of this vibrant cityscape is created
with several components of Loiseau’s signature style. The blend of foliage and
the coursing river shows the predominance of the inhabitants of the French
Brittany Coast for structuring their cities around the local waterways. At this
coastal harbour entrance to the important port of Fécamp, halfway between
Dieppe and Le Havre.


Date:  1920
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: 

Signed ‘G. Loiseau’ (lower left)


Dimensions: 46.23 x 55.12 cm (18¹/₄ x 21³/₄ inches)
Provenance: 
Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Paris (acquired from the artist, June 1920);
Private collection, United States

Literature: This work will be included in the forthcoming Gustave Loiseau catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Didier Imbert.

Exhibitions: 
Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Gustave Loiseau, November-December 1963, no. 22;
Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel et Cie., Gustave Loiseau, Centenaire de sa naissance, June-July 1965, p. 15, no. 34

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints