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Pêcheurs à l’Épervier sur la Seine


Gustave Loiseau
1913


73 x 92 cm

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: G Loiseau 1913


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Pecheurs a l’Epervier sur la Seine exemplifies Gustave Loiseau’s lifelong fascination with the Seine and its tributaries. Depicting a secluded fishing location steeped in the lilac light of early evening, it captures the movement of the water, the stillness of the trees, and the enveloping mist of the river. This painting is highly characteristic of Loiseau’s en plein air technique. Avoiding the strong, direct light of midday, he often privileged the softer light of morning or evening. The blended brushstrokes of this painting are reminiscent of Monet, yet the subtle, almost gaseous diffusion of purples and greens demonstrates an awareness of colour theory.

Although taught by Gauguin, it was Loiseau’s close friend Claude Monet who would ultimately have the stronger influence over the artist. Pecheurs a l’Epervier sur la Seine is a prime demonstration of how Loiseau assimilated the techniques of Impressionism, harnessing them to his own subject matter. Today Loiseau is recognised as a significant figure in Post-Impressionism. His paintings are held in 9 public museum collections globally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England.




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