Henri LE SIDANER (Port-Louis 1862 - Versailles 1939)

The Artist’s House at Gerberoy (Les Volets clos, Gerberoy) Sold

Black chalk, with green and yellow chalk and touches of blue chalk, on commercial white paper watermarked on the right edge of the sheet.
Stamped LE SIDANER (not in Lugt) on the verso.
230 x 287 mm. (9 x 11 1/4 in.)


Drawn in 1933, the present sheet depicts one of Henri Le Sidaner’s favourite subjects; his house at Gerberoy, which he once described as his ‘haven of peace’. The artist often depicted the gardens and the façade of the house, studying the tonal effects and play of light at various times of day and in different seasons. Like most of his landscapes and town scenes, however, these views of the house at Gerberoy are almost always devoid of figures. As the painter Paul Signac noted of Le Sidaner, ‘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.’

This drawing is a preparatory study for Le Sidaner’s painting Les Volets clos, Gerberoy of 1933, today in a private collection.

Among stylistically comparable drawings of the same period by Le Sidaner are The Entrance to the Village of 1930, in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes, and The House of the Blind Man in Moonlight of 1933, in a private collection.

The studio of the artist, Gerberoy
Private collection
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 2001
Private collection, London and California.

Yann Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner: L’oeuvre peint et gravé, Paris, 1989, p.383, no.1243.


The Artist’s House at Gerberoy (Les Volets clos, Gerberoy)


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