Henri Le Sidaner 1862-1939
N03657 Clair de Lune à Gerberoy (Moonlight at Gerberoy) 1904
Oil on canvas, 15 ¾ x 32 (65 x 81)
From the collection of the Hon. Mr Justice Peterson. Presented by a friend in his memory 1922
Prov: With Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (purchased from the artist); through Goupil Gallery, London; the Hon. Mr Justice Peterson, London, 1905
Exh: Pictures and Pastels by Henri Le Sidaner, Goupil Gallery, London, February 1905 (23, repr.) as 'Clair de Lune à Gerberoy'
Repr: Camille Mauclair, Henri Le Sidaner (Paris 1928), p.9
Le Sidaner visited Gerberoy, near Songeons (Oise), for the first time in 1900 and at once bought a house there which became the theme for many of his pictures. In the present work the wall on the left whose top is covered with ivy is the wall of his property. The gateway is that of a house with a garden adjoining his own, which he subsequently purchased, but which belongs to the family no longer. The house in the background, with lighted windows, is occupied by other people of the village. The painting can therefore be dated between 1900 and the time of Le Sidaner's London exhibition. Louis Le Sidaner states (letters of 10 and 27 November 1953) that his father often changed the titles of his pictures, rendering it difficult to identify the works mentioned in his papers, but that this is almost certainly 'The Gateway by Moonlight' painted in November and December 1904, though it could possibly be 'The Gateway' painted in February-March 1902 and exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale (758) the same year. A painting entitled 'The Gateway', showing almost exactly the same view by daylight, was included in the Spring Exhibition at the Goupil Gallery, London, in March 1904 (60) and is reproduced in the catalogue. This would seem to confirm that the Tate's picture was the one painted later in 1904.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.426, reproduced p.426