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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 short move to Bruges in 1898, where he eloped with his future wife, he developed his own personal brand of melancholy. 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 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.

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