Gustave Loiseau, ‘Les Falaises, Cap Frehel’, 1906, Anderson Galleries

The present work features the famous cliffs of Cap Frehel, or the Pointe du Jars in Northern France, a haven for Impressionists and Post-Impressionist painters. The subject matter and composition, soaring cliffs meeting the Cote d’Emeraude, was a favorite theme for many painters of the period and can be seen in works by premier Impressionist and Pont-Aven artists. Loiseau was enamored with Cap Frehel and celebrated its iconic cliffs in a series of works from 1905 to 1906 now known as the Pointe du Jars paintings (Les Falaises, Cap Frehel included in the series). These paintings, which capture the rocky cliffs and stormy seas of the Brittany region, are comparable to an earlier series of works produced by Monet. As noted by Judy de Paul, Loiseau’s paintings from the Pointe du Jars series “…show a taste for subtle variations on the same natural theme, as well as a joy in painting. Hardly changing the angle of his canvases one of the next, often painted in the same spot, he patiently depicted the transformation in nature caused by changing light.”

Signature: Signed and dated lower left: G Loiseau 1906

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