Henri Le Sidaner

Le Havre – The Artists – Le Sidaner, Henri

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Le Havre. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: To our knowledge, Le Sidaner did not work in Le Havre itself, but instead worked in nearby Harfleur.

Henri Le Sidaner
Henri Le Sidaner

Movement(s): Post Impressionism

Henri Eugene Augustin Le Sidaner (1862 – 1939) who was a contemporary of the Post-impressionists, was an intimist painter known for his paintings of domestic interiors and quiet street scenes. His style contained elements of impressionism with the influences of Edouard Manet, Monet and of the Pointillists discernible in his work. Le Sidaner favoured a subdued use of colour, preferring nuanced greys and opals applied with uneven, dappled brushstrokes to create atmosphere and mysticism. A skilled nocturne painter he travelled widely throughout France and Europe before settling at Gerberoy in the Picardy countryside from where he painted for over thirty years.

Henri Le Sidaner was born at Port Louis in Mauritius, where his Breton parents Jean Marie and Amelie Henrietta (née Robberechts) were living. His father Jean Marie was a ship inspector for Lloyd’s whose business took the family back to France in 1872. The remainder of his childhood was spent in Dunkerque where he attended the College et Lycee Notre Dame des Dunes and where he met and befriended Eugene Chigot who was to become a lifelong friend and supporter.

Le Sidaner’s paintings and pastels were widely collected throughout his career. His seductive views of the gardens he created in the ruins of the medieval fortress at Gerberoy, with their recently vacated tables dappled in sunlight and overhung by roses, have cemented his reputation as a unique artist who does not fit easily into an art movement.

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Harfleur (population: 8300) is a small city located close to Le Havre on the East. It’s a suburb of Le Havre.

1915 - Henri Le Sidaner - Harfleur
1915 – Henri Le Sidaner – Harfleur
1917 - Henri Le Sidaner - Snow
1917 – Henri Le Sidaner – Snow

Henri Le Sidaner painted all over France, in almost every “departement”. Here is a list of places we found that he applied his art (a link “⇠” will appear to his works for that city when published).

  • Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
    • Aix-en-Provence
  • Brittany
    • Guingamp
    • Pont-Aven
    • Quimperle
    • Treguier
  • Centre-Val de Loire
    • Chartres
  • Grand Est
    • Nancy
  • Hauts-de-France
    • Amiens
    • Beauvais
    • Berck
    • Etaples
    • Gerberoy
  • Normandy
    • Gisor
  • Pays de la Loire
    • Clisson
  • Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.
    • Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
    • Villefranche-sur-Mer

Here are the painters/artists who painted in Le Havre (a “*” indicates that the artist did not worked directly in Le Havre itself, instead worked closeby, a link “” to the artist’s works will appear below when published):

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