Henri Le Sidaner

Ackermans Fine Art

Henri Le Sidaner

La table blanche, Gerberoy

French, 1862-1939

Le Sidaner’s work was been described as musicality and silence. Henri Le Sidaner was born on the island of Mauritius in 1862.  He studied under Alexandre Cabanel until 1885 and was introduced to the work of Edouard Manet who influenced Le Sidaner’s artistic development.

In 1887, Henri Le Sidaner started to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Francais. His work was well received and won him trips to Italy and Holland in 1891. Soon he began showing Impressionists works with a style influenced by Monet.  Continuously evolving,  Le Sidaner painted Symbolist themes with women dressed in white in dimly-lit gardens. Later Henri Le Sidaner moved away from painting figures in favor of gardens and interiors of the home where he lived in 1901 and 1902. He did, however, often imply human presence in a set table or an open book, adding to the intimate yet mysterious quality of his painting.

Along with his friends Henri Martin and Ernest Laurent, Le Sidaner was associated with Neo-Impressionism but tempered its techniques with a traditional approach. He received prominence and was regularly given solo shows in Paris, London, Brussels, and the United States. In 1930 he was made a professor at the Academie des Beaux-Arts, replacing Ernest Laurent, and was named its president in 1937.  Henri Le Sidanar’s work is included in the museum collections of Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Detroit Intsitute of the Arts, MI; Musee d’Art Modern, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, Rome; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Ashmolean Musem, Oxford; Phoenix Art Musem, AZ; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and The Tate Collection, England