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Henri Le Sidaner

White Houses

Artist

Henri Le Sidaner
Port Louis, Mauritius, 1862 – Paris 1939

Title

White Houses

Date

1923

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

54.8 x 64.9 cm

Credits

Gift of Mary Stikeman in memory of her husband, Heward Stikeman, inv. 2015.251

Collection

Western Art

Le Sidaner was among the earliest interpreters of the intimist movement that newly featured in the art world spotlight at the turn of the twentieth century. In about 1900, he gradually began to remove figures from his compositions, merely painting silhouettes in the distance from time to time. Developing a painting style that featured classic subjects and melancholy atmospheres, he adopted an Impressionist palette that allowed for subtle plays of light. Starting in 1903, he often depicted the same place at various times of the day and year. White Houses suggests meditation and calm. Le Sidaner’s art achieved its full expression in the 1920s. He never abandoned the subdued poetry that characterized his works.

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