The Post-Impressionist painter Gustave Loiseau was born in Paris. His close friend Claude Monet urged him study at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris, where Loiseau developed his early, more formally rigorous style. Frustrated by the studio-based approach of the academy, however, in 1890 he moved to the artists’ commune of Pont-Aven in Brittany. He befriended Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard and Henry Moret. Surrounded by radical thinkers, he began to develop a looser, more spontaneous style which paying very close attention to alterations in light and shade, and with a focus on capturing movement. His dealer was Paul Durand-Ruel, the most influential dealer of his age.
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