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Loiseau, Gustave

Known for his masterful landscapes, Louiseau is famous for emphasizing the subjective and sentimental perspective of his subjects through his brilliant use of color.

Loiseau’s work is a reflection of his interest in the subtleties of light and how it affected his subjects. He was stimulated more by the sunshine of Normandy than that of the south of France, and the light of dawn and dusk rather than midday. His utilization of the subdued sun allowed Loiseau to capture the qualities of the natural world in its most serene state like no other artist of the time.

After serving in the military for only a year, Loiseau joined his family’s decorating firm. His parents expected him to take over the business, but the experience of his grandmother's death and his own battle with typhoid led him to pursue his own interests and become a painter. It was at that time he moved from his native Paris to Montmartre where he began meeting other artists.

In 1890, Loiseau visited Pont-Aven where an artist colony, spearheaded by the famed Paul Gauguin, had tremendous influence over his work. Known as the Pont-Aven School (École de Pont-Aven), the style was characterized by the use of pure color and Symbolist subject matter; traits that Loiseau carried with him throughout his career.

In 1894, Durand-Ruel, a leading art dealer and champion of the Impressionists, began handling Loiseau's work. It was at around this time that Gauguin returned from his first trip to Tahiti, and in the five months before he set off again, Gauguin taught Loiseau directly at Pont-Aven.

In 1895, Loiseau moved to Moret-sur-Loing and started painting the rivers and hills there. Like Monet, he was fond of travel, and he painted landscapes in various parts of France, including the Normandy coast, Fecamp, Etretat, Saint Jouin, Le Havre, and Marseille. Between 1905 and 1910, he painted a series of landscapes in the neighborhood of Rouen. He returned to Paris in his later years, lived in an apartment in Quai d'Anjou and painted cityscapes.

Artists’ Museums:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Art Institute of Chicago

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, UK


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