Loiseau was very attracted to water scenes and painted numerous views of the Seine and Eure rivers throughout the late 1890s while staying at his home in Saint-Cyr-du-Vaudreuil. The present painting features a summertime scene of the banks of the Seine just outside of Paris. Given Loiseau’s preference for painting this famed French river, Loiseau’s biographers have called him “the historiographer of the Seine.” The composition, technique, and palette of Les Berges de la Seine en Ete are reminiscent of similar landscapes by the eminent artists Alfred Sisley and Claude Monet. In particular, Les Berges de La Seine en Ete illustrates Loiseau’s interest in divisionism and the influence of Georges Seurat. Vibrant points of pigment are smattered across the foreground, creating a lovely montage of a cliffside field of flowers, in a loose interpretation of Seurat’s technique. The rich blue sky and river add a lovely, cool horizon to the rainbow of colors in the foreground.
Loiseau was born in Paris in 1865 and initially received his artistic training at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. At the age of 25 he moved to Pont-Aven in Bretagne to work with Gauguin and other members of the Pont Aven School. During Loiseau’s time in Pont Aven, he also met and became close with two other renowned Post-Impressionists, Maxime Maufra and Emile Bernard. The time he spent with these artists led Loiseau to a stronger structure and freer brushstroke in his subsequent work. In addition to Gauguin’s style of cloissonism, one can also see the influence of Pissarro and the pointillism of Seurat in Loiseau’s technique.
Loiseau was a great traveler whose paintings are very diverse; his oeuvre includes landscapes, marines, flowers, and still-lifes, amongst other subjects. From 1893 Loiseau exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Independants and at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1895. Between 1890 and 1896 he regularly exhibited at the Post-Impressionist shows.
Museum Collections Include:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Chateau Museum, Dieppe; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Metropolitan Museum of Art (Robert Lehman Collection of Art), New York