03.10.1865 (Paris, France) - 10.10.1935 (Paris, France)
Gustave Loiseau was born in Paris in 1865 and already had artistic aspirations at a young age. He was attracted by the luminous and airy landscapes of his teacher Quignon, but was disappointed by his methods, such as painting after sketches made in a studio. Loiseau, like Monet, felt that a canvas should be painted directly from the subject, thus creating spontaneity, freshness and intensity. Loiseau, a Post-Impressionist, drew his subject matter from the repertoire of the great Impressionist masters, but instead of trying to seize a fleeting moment, he created solidity with his personal ‘cross-hatched’ technique, called en treillis (latticework). This approach, in which he used wide, thick strokes that evolved to form a subtle latticework, resulted in a certain vibrancy and gives his paintings the supple, tangible quality he is known for. Loiseau’s style is marked by his ability to capture the impression of light, air and water, and to unite the ideas of his predecessors with new elements, such as greater solidity and a sense of construction.