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    Sale 7737

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale (immediately following Impressionist/Modern Works on Paper)

    24 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 212

    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)

    La table blanche, Gerberoy

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    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)
    La table blanche, Gerberoy
    signed 'Le Sidaner' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    32 x 39½ in. (81.2 x 100.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1920

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    Henri Le Sidaner's art was inextricably linked with his house and gardens at Gerberoy. Like Monet, who found limitless inspiration from his carefully constructed garden at Giverny, Le Sidaner devoted ceaseless attention to the grounds surrounding his home, a lovingly restored monastery. Taking his inspiration from the English tradition, Le Sidaner's garden à l'anglaise was created with a view to free harmony between the plants and buildings. The abundant flowers of the gardens wound their way around balustraded terraces, courtyards and specially built towers and pavilions.

    The sense of silence and harmony in the present work are key elements in Le Sidaner's output. This sense of understated mystery and gentle poetry was Le Sidaner's artistic inheritance from his Symbolist-inspired early years; while the highly-keyed palette, subtly worked contrasts and painterly application of pigment owe a clear debt to Impressionism. This dual aspect of his art was touched on by his supporter Camille Mauclair, who wrote in 1901, 'born out of Impressionism, [Le Sidaner] is as much the son of Verlaine than of the snowscenes of Monet.'

    In 1920, the year La table blanche, Gerberoy was painted, Gustave Kahn commented on Le Sidaner's paintings in the journal Le mercure de France: 'Les tableaux de M. Le Sidaner sont charmants. Ce n'est pas le jour, ce n'est pas le soir, ce n'est pas l'été, ce n'est pas l'automne, et c'est tout de même de la nature, mais vue à travers un tempérament. Zola n'admettait pas que sa définition fût appliquée ainsi; ce serait d'ailleurs la fausser. Disons la nature vue à travers une émotion qui prend si souvent la même forme qu'elle en devient habituelle et se superpose au tempérament jusqu'à en être l'expression. C'est d'ailleurs légitime et M. Le Sidaner est un très beau peintre.'

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    Galeries Georges Petit, Paris (no. 10264).
    M. Montaignac, Paris.
    M. Madulé, Paris.
    Galerie Flavian, Paris.
    Acquavella Galleries, New York.
    M. Newman Ltd., London.
    Mr A.F. Lilley, Tankerton.
    Richard Green Gallery, London, by 1980.
    Anonymous sale, Phillips, London, 29 March 1980, lot 136.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 10 December 1997, lot 146.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, L'oeuvre peint et gravé, Milan, 1989, no. 426 (illustrated p. 170).


    Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Exposition des Douze, 1921.
    Paris, Galeries Georges Petit, Exposition Le Sidaner, February 1925, no. 11.
    London, Kaplan Gallery, Peintres Français Post-Impressionnistes, 1963.
    Denver, Denver Art Museum, Collectors Choice V, March 1965, no. 19 (illustrated).
    London, Gallery Newman, La Vue Française, June 1973, no. 25 (illustrated).