Biography

Born on the island of Mauritius, Le Sidaner studied with academic painter Alexandre Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, but his zeal for the innovations of Impressionism led him to reject the conventions of his training in favor of the avant-garde movements of fin-de-siècle France.  Early in his career, he was linked with both the Pre-Raphaelites and the Symbolists.  Although he began his public career at the conservative Salon des Artistes Français, where he was recognized with a third-class medal and travel grant in 1891, he later exhibited at the Salon of the Société Nationale, a Société directed by Puvis de Chavannes after 1892 and known for it’s acceptance of modern tendencies.  He enjoyed continued favor and was regularly honored by solo shows not only in Paris, but also in London, Brussels, and the United States.  By 1930, Le Sidaner, already an officer of the Legion of Honor, was elected a member of the Institut, gaining a position at the Académie des Beaux-Arts.  He was named its president in 1937.

 

Museum Collections Include:

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 Museum, Oxford; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; The Tate Collection, England