Henri Le Sidaner went to Paris in 1880 and became a pupil of Cabanel at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1884. He lived in Brussels and Bruges in 1898 and 1899, then in 1900 moved to Gerberoy in the Oise, and later to Versailles.
Le Sidaner's art falls oddly between that of the late Impressionists, whose divisionism he practised, and that of Eugène Carrière, which is characterised by indeterminate colours and a taste for a certain misty atmosphere. He often painted in Venice and Bruges and is noted for his twilight effects. C. Mauclair, a writer imbued with the symbolist spirit, has perhaps best described his talent. Among his most notable works are Blessing the Sea, Patrol in Moonlight, Canal in Bruges, and The Ducal Palace and Grand Canal, Venice.
He exhibited in Paris for the first time in 1887 at the Salon des Artistes Français, where he was awarded a third-class medal and a travel scholarship in 1891. He also exhibited in Paris at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and in Brussels at the Salon de la Libre Esthétique. He was awarded a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. In 1930 Le Sidaner, an officer of the Légion d'Honneur, was appointed a member of the Institut, to replace E. Laurent at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Retrospectives of his work were held at the museum of Dunkirk in 1974, the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Liège, in 1996, and then in Carcassonne and Limoux. Among the other exhibitions and retrospectives have been Henri Le Sidaner en son jardin de Gerberoy, de 1901 à 1939, held in 2001 at the Musée de la Chartreuese, Douai, and Henri Le Sidaner en Bretagne, 2002, at the museum of Pont-Aven.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Châlons-en-Champagne: Blessing the Sea
Douai (Mus. de la Chartreuse): Red Carpet; Soldier's Tomb; Last Communion; Portrait of Madame Piettre
Dunkirk: Orphans Going for a Walk
Liège (Mus. of Modern and Contemporary Art)
Morlaix (Mus. des Jacobins)
Nantes (MBA): Laid Table in a Park; May Evening
Paris (MAM): Sun inside a House; Table
Pittsburgh (Carnegie MA): Moonlight (c. 1913, oil on canvas); The House of Gerberoy: Evening (c. 1930, oil on canvas)
Rome (Gal. Nazionale d'Arte Moderna): Veranda