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Henri Le Sidaner

White Houses


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


White Houses




Oil on canvas


54.8 x 64.9 cm


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


Western Art

Henri Le Sidaner was among the earliest interpreters of the Intimist movement, which came to prominence at the turn of the twentieth century through personal depictions of domesticity. 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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