A diversity of subjects and styles are the hallmark of the work of painter Gustave Loiseau. Influences of the emerging styles of pointillism, cloissonism and the freer brushwork of painters like Paul Gauguin are easily recognizable in many of Loiseau's works. It was the Impressionist movement, however to which his work was most potently connected.
Born in Paris in 1865 he trained at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs for only six months, resolving himself to study outside of the studio environment. He initially settled in Pont Aven where he worked with his friend Gauguin and other members of the Pont Aven school. Here he also befriended Maxime Maufra, whose skills as a draftsman would also inform some of Loiseau's work as well, especially his drawing and composition.
In 1894 Loiseau was introduced to Impressionist champion Durand Ruel who contracted with painter to handle his work. After that time the artist could travel freely to paint the many subjects and landscapes that interested him. He wandered throughout France capturing marine scenes, landscapes, city scenery and particularly Normandy and Rouen.
Loiseau's paintings are frequently compared to Monet's for their depiction of nature, but his work tended to focus on the hours of dawn or dusk and not the midday brightness that was an emphasis of many Impressionist works.
His work is in the collections of many museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Chateau Museum in Dieppe, France.