• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12147

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1236

    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)

    Neige, Boulevard de la Reine

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939)
    Neige, Boulevard de la Reine
    signed 'Le Sidaner' (lower right)
    oil over pencil on canvas
    25 ¾ x 32 in. (65.2 x 81.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1928


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Denoted by planar, fragmented brushwork, the colored light in Le Sidaner’s Neige, Boulevard de la Reine seamlessly hops across the snowy path from window to window under the hazy dusk of day’s end. The stillness and dreamy silence of what Camille Mauclair coined as “Le Sidaner’s time” elicits a sense of dream-like nostalgia and sentimental realism over the dissolving forms.
    Often compared to Claude Monet for his portrayal of light through the manipulation of color, Le Sidaner differed from the older generation of Impressionists in that he rarely painted outdoors. He would quickly sketch the scenes he observed as he walked through the town, later crafting the compositions from his imagination. Le Sidaner breached a new realm of symbolist rhetoric through his “musical quality of colour” (I. Mössinger and K. Sagner, Henri Le Sidaner, Chemnitz, 2009, p. 66) and “taste for tender, soft and silent atmospheres” (Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, op. cit., p. 31).
    The setting of the present painting possesses an air of stillness, and it is obvious that great care has been taken in the framing of the composition, the precise arrangement of which engenders a subtle play on formal correspondences. The lavender highlights in the snow and sky complement the shutters on the houses and contrast with the glowing pink and amber light coming from the windows.

    Provenance

    Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (acquired from the artist, 1928).
    Acquired by the family of the present owner, circa 1935.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    Le Gaulois Artistique, 9 January 1929, p. 99 (illustrated).
    Y. Farinaux-Le Sidaner, Le Sidaner, L'oeuvre peint et gravé, Milan, 1989, p. 242, no. 650 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Henri Le Sidaner, 1928, p. 261 (illustrated, p. 159; titled La Neige).