GUSTAVE LOISEAU (1865-1935)

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GUSTAVE LOISEAU (1865-1935)

Oil on canvas, signed lower left
21 ¼ x 25 ½ in.

The work we are presenting shows the port of Pornic, where he moved in 1900, and thus belongs to the last phase in Loiseau's career.
We see the bottom of the harbour at low tide in the rain. While many paintings of Pornic have a lyrical feel to them, because they depict a more touristic or high-society side of the town, here what interests the painter is its trading side.
There is a pendant to this painting (cf oeuvre en rapport below), where the port is shown at high tide, with the same boat at anchorage.
We see the quay in its usual state of intense commotion. The boats are unloading sacks of grain in front of the wooden building in the foreground, belonging to the mill behind it, where the cereals are turned into flour. The ships will then leave loaded with a new cargo, prior to sailing along the coast.
Pornic was a favourite spot for artists in the early 20th century: Renoir stayed there in 1892, Maurice Denis and Armand Guillaumin in 1903 and 1909 and Maxime Maufra in 1987. Apart from Maurice Denis, all of them liked painting from life there.

Gustave Loiseau began his artistic career at the age of 22. He attended classes at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs before studying under Fernand Quignon in 1889. He then moved to Pontoise, close to Paris. In 1890, he began to spend his summers at the Gloanec boarding house in Pont-Aven. Between 1860 and 1870, the village had hosted painters seeking new subjects. Paul Gauguin stayed there twice, in 1886 and 1888. He taught a number of painters who formed the group known as the Pont-Aven school, and included Émile Bernard, Charles Laval and Paul Sérusier.
During his various stays at the Gloanec boarding house, Loiseau became friends with Maxime Maufra and Henry Moret. The painter exhibited his works in turn at the Le Barc de Boutteville gallery, in the Salon des Indépendants and in the sixth, seventh and eighth exhibitions of the Impressionist and Symbolist painters. In 1897, he began a col­laboration with the celebrated dealer Durand- Ruel, who showed his work in his New York and Paris galleries.
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