Le Sidaner made his first nocturnal cityscape around 1900. In this work, painted more than thirty years later, he still depicted windows in dark purple facades in the same Post Impressionist style. His subject matter distinguishes him from the Impressionists, who seldom painted evening or night time scenes.


  • Title: Moonlit City Square in Cherbourg
  • Creator Lifespan: 1862 - 1939
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Versailles, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Port St. Louis, Mauritius
  • Date Created: circa 1934
  • Theme: Cityscape
  • Physical Dimensions: w557 x h465 cm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Henri Le Sidaner
  • More Info: Link - Read more about Impressionism - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • Artist Information: Henri Le Sidaner was born on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and grew up in Dunkirk. He studied briefly at the Academy of Paris and in 1882 left for Etaples in the north of France. In 1891 his work was exhibited at the Salon in Paris and he won third prize. In 1900 Le Sidaner moved first to Beauvais and then to Gerberoy. Here he started painting village views, often in a deserted state. For these works, Le Sidaner frequently painted from memory rather than from direct observation. A series of cityscapes of Venice which he painted in 1905 was very well received at the Salon.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Lent by Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1953, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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