Gustave Edouard Le Senechal de Kerdreoret
This airy and luminous marine painting is reminiscent of the work of Edouard Manet, and it is rendered with an atmospheric intensity through a combination of translucent bottle sea green contrasted against a darkening gray sky. The scene is animated by two figures deep in conversation along the pier, who bring the scene to life and add intimacy to this breathtaking seascape.
Le Senechal was passionate about the sea, and worked as a captain for the French marine. He started to experiment in painting thanks to a select group of mentors who encouraged him, and he succeeded in exhibiting his first works at the Salon de Paris in 1869. His themes were bustling ports, scruffy fishermen and romantic marine paintings. He received the Bronze Medal for his work at the Paris World's Fair in 1889, and the Silver Medal in 1900, along with the prestigious Legion d'Honneur.
French Artist (1840-1920)
'Conversation on the Pier'
Oil on canvas
20 x 25 in.
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris;
Musee Abbeville, Musee d'Arras, Musee Cambrai, Musee de Strasbourg, Musee de Louviers,
Musee de Brest, France
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture, 1996.