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 the contrasting translucent, bottle sea green against the darkening gray sky. The scene is animated by two figures on the pier who are in deep in conversation, and who 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 the mentoring of some colleagues, which resulted in an exhibition of his first works at the Salon de Paris in 1869.
His themes of predilection were bustling French ports, scruffy fishermen and romantic marinescapes. He received a Bronze Medal for his work at the Paris World's Fair in 1889, and a Silver Medal in 1900, along with the prestigious Legion d'Honneur.
French Artist (1840-1920)
'Conversation on the Pier'
Oil on canvas13 x 18 in. unfr.
20.5 x 25.5 in. framed.
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.