HENRI LE SIDANER
A contemporary of the Post-Impressionists, Henri Le Sidaner's approach to painting is whole heartedly unique. His technique was often 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 the surfaces of his paintings shimmer and blur.
Following a move to Bruges in 1898, where he eloped with his future wife, he developed the more personal brand of melancholy that was to make his name. In the nocturne he found an effect of light sidelined by Impressionism, and made it his own, becoming a master of twilight and darkness, often with a solitary light shining through a window.
Le Sidaner's paintings and pastels were widely collected throughout his career. His domesticated scenes of his garden at Gerberoy in northern France were popular with British and American collectors. His seductive views of the gardens he created in the ruins of the medieval fortress at Gerberoy, with their recently vacated tables dappled in sunlight and overhung by roses, would cement his reputation as a unique and unclassifiable artist.