It has been suggested that Loiseau’s style of painting falls somewhere between Pissarro and Sisley. In many ways it was Monet who had the greatest influence on Loiseau and with whom we see a natural relationship in their brushwork and interests. He was also influenced by such painters as Gauguin and Maxime Maufra. Ultimately Loiseau experimented with his own ideas, and he stands as an Impressionist with a strong personal style. Loiseau’s landscapes reflected an Impressionist vision with a Divisionist style. Loiseau found his “pure painting ideals” in his Post-Impresssionist style of painting derived directly from the observation of nature first-hand. He had a particular interest in the depiction of water within a landscape, of which our picture is a very fine example.
Born to shop keepers who moved to Ile-Saint-Louis in Paris shortly after he was born, Loiseau acquired only a basic education, as he was expected to help with the store at an early age. In his free time the young boy would sketch and do copies of prints. After a serious illness he convinced his parents to allow him to pursue his artistic inclinations, and thus Loiseau became an apprentice to a decorator. Through this experience the young boy met painter, Fernand Just Quignon, who would become his first real instructor and inspiration to focus on landscape painting.
In 1890 Loiseau moved to Pont Aven where he befriended Maxime Maufra, Emile Dezaunay and Henry Moret, who influenced his Impressionist style and convinced him the exhibit his paintings at the Salon des Indépendants in 1891 and 1892. In 1894 Louiseau met Paul Gauguin after his return from Tahiti, and a deep friendship grew between the two artists.
Loiseau traveled often throughout the countryside of France. He liked to paint in series, much like Monet, and attempted to capture scenes in different times of the day. He chose to depict the transformations in nature caused by changing light. Sensitive as he was to every nuance, he refused to paint in the glaring midday light – bright colors hurt his eyes; he preferred softer, subtler scenes –afternoons when the sky is dotted with clouds, the soft golden light at the end of the day, morning fog and evening mists and the dreamy effects of snow.
French Post-Impressionist painter Gustave Loiseau is best remembered for his scenes of evocative landscapes and bustling Paris streets. The artist used latticed brushstrokes to depict fleeting moments, blending the Impressionist pursuit of naturalistic depiction with a more modern desire for painterly expression.
Durand-Ruel, Paris & Galeries Georges Petit, Paris (acquired directly from the artist on February 23, 1927)
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (acquired from the above by 1970)
Private Collection, Paris (acquired in 1970 and sold: Sotheby's, New York, March 11, 1998, lot 36)
Private Collection, Miami (acquired at the above sale)
Thence by descent