Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935)
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Gustave Loiseau was an Impressionist painter born in Paris. After a short stint in the military as a young man, he returned home to work with his family as a decorator. He studied briefly at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, but received some of his best training from working with major Impressionist painters of the time. Loiseau first exhibited at the Salon des Independents in 1893.
In 1889, Loiseau traveled to Pont-Aven a number of times to study with Gaugin. Loiseau was also influenced by Monet, Sisley and Pisarro, and formed a truly traditional Impressionist style on his own. Like his predecessors, Loiseau was fond of painting views of Paris and the Seine River, as well as country scenes of surrounding rural areas.
Though he belonged to the second generation of Impressionist painters and his work was not as progressive as the Post-Impressionists and Expressionists of the time, Loiseau gained a great deal of acclaim for his talent. Fellow painters marveled at his use of contrasting light and dark colors, and especially at his treatment of light and the seasons. His depiction of snow and mist in particular is intricate and nearly unmatched, and many critics find that his paintings evoke emotion more so than many of his contemporaries.
Some of Loiseau’s paintings show hints of Pointillism, though he was never officially affiliated with this movement.
Loiseau would typically sign his work “G. Loiseau” and date it on the front of his oil painted canvases. He continued painting nearly up until his death in 1935, still painting in the now dated Impressionist style. He lived in Paris during his final years, painting more cityscapes than nature and landscape during this time.
Though he was primarily a landscape, seascape and city scene painter, he no doubt created a number of sketches and paintings of figure studies and still life.
Today his paintings are housed in museums all around the world, and perhaps in your own home. Still wondering about an Impressionist landscape hanging in your home? Contact us…it could be by Gustave Loiseau.