Post 175 -by Gautam Shah
SUNDAY Feature on ART of Architecture
Henri Eugène Augustin Le Sidaner (1862 -193) was a Post-impressionists painter of interiors and street scenes. After the turn of 1900s, Sidaner moved away from figurative painting to landscapes, gardens and interiors.
Sidaner new style was influenced through, Manet, Monet, etc. His interests, centered to the use of soft, delicate forms gleaming in the light of dusk. He first favoured a subdued use of colour and exploited the greys of various tones. He applied colours with uneven and dappled brushstrokes, to create mysterious atmospheric effects. Post WW-I, however, he relied less on gray, blue and pearled white, and began to contrast with greens, pinks, reds or purples.
Sidaner rarely painted figures, ‘preferring to create impressionistic moods through objects that imply human presence’. His sense of scene was very natural or intuitive, and stayed away from the technicalities of perspectives. He was often called an Intimist. He preferred to work in isolation be it as Étaples, Gerberoy or Paris. Sidaner used symbols.