• Impressionist & Modern Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5851

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    25 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 25

    Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935)

    La cathédrale d'Auxerre

    Price Realised  


    Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935)
    La cathédrale d'Auxerre
    signed and dated 'G. Loiseau 1907' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    24¼ x 19¾in. (61.8 x 50.8cm.)

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming Gustave Loiseau catalogue raisonné being prepared by Mr. Didier Imbert.

    The strong structure and free brush strokes of La cathédrale d'Auxerres reveal the techniques the artist learned first hand from Gauguin as well as his debt to Sisley and Pissarro. In 1890, after a period of pointillist experimentation, Loiseau moved to Pont-Aven where he re-found his pure landscape ideal painting in a Post-Impressionist manner directly from nature. He had a particular interest in the depiction of water within a landscape, of which our painting is a very fine example. With a contract from Durand-Ruel, Loiseau was free to travel extensively in France, painting in Burgundy - as presented here in Auxerres' Gothic tour de force - in the Dordogne, Dieppe and on the banks of the Seine.

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    Durand-Ruel, Paris
    Monsieur Lefort, Paris, late 1930s
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 8 Dec 1999, lot 151