Henri Le Sidaner has become a favorite painter recently. I love his use of light and shadow. Everything he produced reeks with melancholy atmosphere and hints of self-satisfied well-being. Those tiny lit windows shining in the gathering darkness are not sinister in the slightest. At least to my eye. They are welcoming.
Henri Eugene Augustin Le Sidaner (1862 - 1939) born in Mauritius, was a French painter and pastellist. His admiration for the Impressionists influenced his work early on and later he used the broken brushwork style of George Seurat to wonderful effect.. There's no getting around the fact that Le Sidaner's work is cozy, intime. His is a silent world. Someone used the word 'tender' and I'd agree with that. Amazingly, Le Sidaner often painted from memory rather than directly on site.
To see more of Henri Le Sidaner's work, please use this link.
To read more about Henri Le Sidaner, please use this link. Not many bio details online, but this brief post on the Tate website appears to get at all the pertinent info.