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    Sale 12147

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1294

    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)

    Le Port

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    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)
    Le Port
    signed 'Le Sidaner' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    32 1/8 x 39 ½ in. (81.4 x 100.5 cm.)
    Painted in Le Croisic in 1923

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    In the present work, Le Sidaner has captured the port of Le Croisic at dusk, the fleeting moment before the sun has extinguished its light for the day. A lone fisherman, a rare appearance of a figure in Le Sidaner’s work, hurries to finish work on his boat before he loses the light. This transitory time of day was a favorite for Le Sidaner, allowing the artist to play with color and light, dappling the effects with nimble brushstrokes across the canvas. Le Sidaner painted at least eleven canvases of the port during his stay in Le Croisic in the summer of 1923. Each one is painted from a different vantage point and at different times of day, including the early morning sun as seen in Port du Croisic, Matinée d’été (fig. 1). Le Sidaner also varied his brushstrokes, as can be seen in comparing the highly keyed palette of the present work with Port du Croisic, Matinée d’été which features softer and wider strokes to the sky.
    Jacques Baschet wrote of Le Sidaner’s style in his newspaper, L’Illustration in 1924 “He is a pointillist, but not the kind who decomposes tones and applies them unmixed, thereby letting our eyes reconstitute the colors on our retina. His palette is extremely varied and subtle. The oils bind and melt together in highly delicate harmonies. Nor is he the kind to enclose forms within a heavy brushstroke, as is the practice among the younger school of painters. With him, contours seem to emerge from the interplay of light, and in this respect, he is similar to Claude Monet” (quoted in Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, op. cit., p. 37).
    (fig. 1) Henri Le Sidaner, Port du Croisic, Matinée d’été, 1923. Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva.


    Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (acquired from the artist, March 1923).
    Henri Duhem, Douai (1923).
    Fleuret collection, Paris (by 1928).
    Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 29 April 1963, lot 71.
    Galerie Urban, Paris.
    Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner, 1964.

    Pre-Lot Text



    L'Illustration, 8 March 1924, no. 4227 (illustrated).
    C. Mauclair, Henri Le Sidaner, Paris, 1928, p. 123 (illustrated).
    Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, L'oeuvre peint et gravé, Milan, 1989, p. 196, no. 506 (illustrated).


    Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Henri Martin, Ernest Laurent, Henri Le Sidaner, Tableaux, March 1923, no. 50.
    Paris, Salon des Tuileries, 1923, p. 43, no. 684.