Small Village: Gerberoy

Small Village: Gerberoy
Henri Le Sidaner (French, 1862-1939)
Oil on canvas 
49-3/8 x 59 in. (125.4 x 149.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Although Henri Le Sidaner was studying painting under the staunchly academic Alexander Cabanel by the age of twenty, he soon abandoned the tight rigidity of his master’s technique for the loose expressions of the contemporary Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Well-traveled in Europe and even America, Le Sidaner finally settled in the small village of Gerberoy in 1900. It is in this picturesque medieval town where the artist found the subject for many of his most charming landscapes. This vision of the village enveloped in lavender hues punctuated by the occasional sparkle of warm yellow brilliantly captures the poetic shifts of light in the gloaming.


Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 1 July 1959, lot 37, as Roof Tops on a Spring Evening, to);
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London].
(sale, London, Sotheby’s, 30 April 1964, lot 158, ill., as La petite ville: Berberoy (Oise), to);
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, Ltd., London, sold 1965 to];
Norton Simon, Los Angeles, N.65.5.P., gift 31 December 1979 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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