Gustave Loiseau French, 1865-1935


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.


Expositions du Groupe des Post-Impressionnistes, 1890-1896

Salon des Indépendents, 1893

Salon de la Société Nationale, 1895

Le Barc de Boutteville


Museums and Public Collections

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Art Institute of Chicago

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Château- Musée, Dieppe, France

Chi-Mei Museum, Taiwan

DePaul University Museum, Chicago

Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Le Corronc Collection, Lorient

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Musée d'Art Moderne, Geneva, Switzerland

Musée de Pont-Aven, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

Musée Lambinet, Versailles

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

Oglethorpe University Museum, Georgia

Oscar Ghez Collection, Musée du Petit-Palais, Geneva

San Diego Museum of Art, California

Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid


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