Anemones by Gustave Loiseau
Oil on Board
13" x 10" / 33cms x 26 cms
Derived from Greek to mean ‘windflower’, anemones are wildflowers that grow in many parts of northern Europe. They are so called because these delicate flowers are blown open by the wind each morning, as they close at the end of the day, at nightfall.
Gustave Loiseau produced several paintings of still-life compositions, particularly in the 1920’s and later. Often painted on board, many of these works were done at Pont-Aven between 1922 and 1928. As Didier Imbert has noted of the painter’s method and technique, ‘essentially impressionist in his depiction of landscapes or street scenes, it acquires for the still-lifes a certain classical resonance, a staid geometric composition, almost synthetic, in which one perceives his preoccupation with immobility, lack of movement, the static quality of the object represented.’
Loiseau delights us with a playful palette of purples, reds, whites and greens grounded by the earthy browns to the lower third of the work. A charming bijou of a painting, this would sit nicely in any collection and perhaps form the start of a love-affair with this artist’s work.