Henri Le Sidaner (1862 - 1939)

A Fountain in a Village Square

Black chalk, on white paper.
A study of houses around a square (probably the same view) in pencil, with touches of yellow, green and red chalk, on the verso.
Signed Le Sidaner at the lower right.
194 x 247 mm. (7 5/8 x 9 3/4 in.) [sheet]

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Henri Le Sidaner’s landscapes and town scenes are almost always devoid of figures. As the painter Paul Signac noted of the artist, ‘his entire work is influenced by a taste for tender, soft and silent atmospheres. Gradually, he even went so far as to eliminate from his paintings all human figures, as if he feared that the slightest human form might disturb their ruffled silence.’

Provenance:
Private collection, in 1989
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1999
Private collection, Florida, until 2012.

Literature:
Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner: L'oeuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, p.336, no.1019 (where dated c.1912).

Henri LE SIDANER

A Fountain in a Village Square

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