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Henri Le Sidaner, Le Café du Port
 
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TITLE:  Le Café du Port
ARTIST:  Henri Le Sidaner (French, 1862–1939)
WORK DATE:  1923
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on panel
SIZE:  h: 32.8 x w: 40.8 cm / h: 12.9 x w: 16.1 in
STYLE:  Post-Impressionism
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Connaught Brown  44 (0) 207 408 0362  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Born in Mauritius, Le Sidaner moved to Paris in 1880 where he studied at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. His distinctive style developed soon after leaving the Ecole, when he harmonized Symbolist understated mystery and gentle poetry with the highly-keyed palette and painterly application of the Impressionists. After World War I, Le Sidaner embarked on a period of true artistic maturity.

In the catalogue raisonné of the work of Henri Le Sidaner, Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner describes the year 1923 as "a time of utmost creative expression where the artist reaches a climax in his art." Le Café du Port, for which the present work is a study, is a highly important work from Le Sidaner’s oeuvre painted in Gerberoy after a study trip to Britain earlier that year. Le Sidaner wanted to paint a seminal work bringing together his work from Brittany with his ‘table top’ paintings. He set up this composition in his garden imagining Brittany beyond the garden. It was one of eighteen works were successfully exhibited at the Galerie Georges Petit in March 1923.

As an artist predominately known for his silent scenes bereft of human figures, the present study is a remarkable exception, showcasing Le Sidaner’s masterful ability to harmonize disparate elements of a composition and bring a coherent sense of unity to the entire scene. Le Sidaner captures two of his most favored subjects: the table and the port. In this way, the artist not only generates an uncommonly deep perspectival horizon, which is in contrast to his other table scenes of the same period, but also includes figures, both sitting at the café tables and walking along the water’s edge.

Le Sidaner’s contract allowed the artist to retain one canvas per year from his artistic output. Le Sidaner chose to keep Le Café du Port and its study until his passing in 1939. The canvas of Le Café du Port was sold in 1965 and irreparably damaged when it was cut into two separate canvases in the hope of a further financial gain. The right-hand side of the canvas sold at Christie’s in 2008 for almost $1,000,000.

PROVENANCE:  Private collection, Paris
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Connaught Brown Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Literature: Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, 'Le Sidaner', 1989, no. 1153, p. 364, illustrated
EXHIBITION HISTORY:  'Tables et fenetres par H. Le Sidaner', Galerie Lorenceau, Paris, 1952, no. 20
'Henri Le Sidaner 1862-1939', Liege, Musée d'art Moderne et d'art Contemporain; Carcassonne, Musée des Beaux-Arts; Limoux, Musée Petiet; Laren, Singer Museum, 1996-97, no. 60
'Henri Le Sidaner et la Bretagne', Musée de Pont-Aven, Pont-Aven, 2002, no. 34, illustrated in color
in color 'Henri Le Sidaner, A Magical Impressionist', Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, 2009, no. 67
'Exposition Le Sidaner', Karuisawa, Saitama, Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, 2011-2012, no. 38
 
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