HENRI LE SIDANER
A contemporary of the Post-Impressionists, Henri Le Sidaners approach to painting is whole heartedly unique. His technique was close to Pointillism, but Le Sidaner did not share the Pointillists love of colour, preferring greys and opals to create mystery and atmosphere. Instead, he used Pointillist techniques to make thesurfaces of his paintings shimmer and blur.Le Sidaner became a master of shadow and the velvety darkness of twilight and darkness, illuminated by moonlight reflected off snow or by a solitary light shining through a window.Le Sidaners paintings and pastels were widely collected throughout his career. His domesticated scenes of the gardens he created in the ruins of the medieval fortress at Gerberoy, in northern France, were popular with British and American collectors. These seductive views, with their recently vacated tables dappled in sunlight and overhung by roses, would cement his reputation as a unique and unclassifiable artist.