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Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939) | Intimist painter



Henri Eugene Augustin Le Sidaner (1862-1939) was an French painter🎨, known for working in the Intimist style.
Le Sidaner began his career around 1880 as a young apprentice of Alexandre Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Soon he was seduced by the Parisian artistic fervour, particularly the works of both the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists.
After a few months, repressed by the academic milieu, the painter abruptly decided to settle in Étaples, a small village near Pas-de-Calais, where he finished his training in solitude.


Distant from the contemporary artistic mainstreams of the capital, Le Sidaner mainly represented Northern landscapes filled with humble personages, adopting a manner that both recalled the Naturalism of Corot and the immediacy of the Impressionists.
Nevertheless, his poetic atmospheres were permeated with a personal intimate sentimentalism.
In 1887 the painter exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and from 1892 at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
From 1892-1894, Le Sidaner travelled through Holland and Italy and eventually returned to Paris where he approached the symbolist circles and struck up friendships with both Henri Martin and Ernest Laurent.
By that time the artist had brought about a shift in language by adopting a more classical formula in depicting his melancholic atmospheres.



In an earlier phase, his subject-matter was often focused on young women gravitating within crepuscular landscapes, as epitomised by the 1898 Le Dimanche (Musée de Douai). Later his choice privileged private scenarios devoid human presence and rendered with diffused light and warm tones.
During his life the painter was often awarded with prizes such as the bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1900 and was lavishly represented by both private galleries (Paris, Galerie George Petit) and temporary exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.
Le Sidaner kept travelling throughout his career (Venice, London, etc), refining his technique and eventually moved to Versailles, where he died in 1939




























Henri-Eugène Le Sidaner (Port Louis, 7 agosto 1862 - Parigi, 16 luglio 1939) è stato un pittore Francese🎨.
Fu a partire dal 1900 circa che Le Sidaner si dedicò ad una pittura intimista nella quale la figura umana è praticamente esclusa, i giardini sono deserti, le tavole sono imbandite per ipotetici ospiti, la campagna appare solitaria, e così via.
È l'espressione di una concezione silente e quieta, quasi placata, realizzata con una tecnica neo-impressionista e un cromatismo assai contenuto, dalle sfumature calde e dalle tonalità raffinate e dolci.
Questi caratteri conferiscono alle scene rappresentate un'aura di religiosità più che di mistero.


L'ispirazione di Le Sidaner, peraltro, a causa delle numerose esperienze di viaggio, si amplierà e perderà il suo afflato misterioso a vantaggio di un'espressione più decorativa, ma il cui successo non si smentirà mai.
Descrivendo i personaggi che l'artista aveva disposto in un calmo paesaggio crepuscolare nel quadro La Domenica, un commentatore dichiarò:
  • «... essi formano un coro bianco di sogni indefiniti, di figure nevose dagli occhi ingenui...»
Le Sidaner ebbe il privilegio di una retrospettiva quando era ancora in vita (rara i quegli anni), realizzata a Bruxelles nel 1931 ed inaugurata dalla regina Astrid di Svezia. | © Wikipedia








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