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Galerie Rämi, Zurich
Private collection, Switzerland
This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity issued by Didier Imbert.
Painted in 1911, Paysage de neige is an extraordinary example of a post-Impressionist snowscape. Popularised by the great Impressionist masters such as Monet, Sisley, and Pissarro, winter scenes have become extremely refined and sought-after amongst art collectors and art lovers. This painting by Loiseau constitutes the notable legacy of his Impressionist predecessors, while also establishing his own individuality as a painter.
Carrying on the Impressionist tradition, Loiseau painted his landscape scenes en plein air, capturing the essence of those evocative views through the direct observation of nature. At the same time, Loiseau’s cross-hatched brushstrokes (en treillis) endow the scene with a naturalistic effect, as they allow him to rapidly capture the changing effects of light on the landscape. This idiosyncratic technique confers a unique character to Paysage de neige, recognised as one of the finest snowscapes ever painted by Loiseau.
One century later, the colourful and spontaneous strokes are still able to convey the original essence of the landscape to the viewer, who is almost drawn into the painting’s snowy street. Loiseau’s characteristic technique and acute observation have made his paintings highly appreciated and popular among esteemed institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, or the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.
This original painting by Gustave Loiseau is available for sale.
Gustave Loiseau was born 3 October 1865 in Paris. A Post-Impressionist painter, he is remembered above all for his landscapes and scenes of Paris streets.
Brought up in Paris and Pontoise by parents who owned a butchers shop, Loiseau served an apprenticeship with a decorator who was a friend of the family. In 1887, when an inheritance from his grandmother allowed him to concentrate on painting, he enrolled at the École des arts décoratifs where he studied life drawing. However, a year later he left the school after an argument with his teacher.
While working as a decorator, Loiseau redecorated the apartment of the landscape painter Fernand Quignon (1854-1941). After he left the École des arts décoratifs, Quignon tutored him in painting. In 1890, he went to Pont-Aven in Brittany for the first time, fraternizing with the artists there, especially Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard. After experimenting with Pointillism, he adopted his own approach to Post-Impressionism, painting landscapes directly from nature. His technique, known as en treillis or cross-hatching, gave his works a special quality.
Loiseau first exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1893 and at the Salon de la Société Nationale in 1895. He also exhibited at Impressionist exhibitions in 1890 and 1896.
Loiseau's paintings, revealing his passion for the seasons from the beginning of spring to the harvests later in the autumn, often depict the same orchard or garden scene as time goes by. Series of this kind, which also include cliffs, harbours or churches, are reminiscent of Claude Monet. Although Loiseau did not complete many portraits, he often painted people at work: dockers together with their boats, villagers leaving a Sunday service in Brittany or arriving at the market in Pont-Aven, or even carriages in Paris driving across the Place de la Bastille and the Étoile. He is also remembered for his paintings of Paris streets such as the Rue de Clignancourt or the Avenue de Fiedland. From the 1920s, he painted many still-lifes.
Loiseau died 10 October 1935 in Paris.
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