This painting is demonstrative of Loiseau’s inventive style of painting. He developed his own style by translating the stippled brushstrokes he observed in the core Impressionist group, like here, but implemented an intuitive, starker, sense of light and dark. In this way, he affiliated himself with the group that became known as the Neo-Impressionists, as is noted by this writer in 1907:
“Among the men who have followed the traces of the school of Manet and who might be called, if it is necessary to give them a title, the Neo-Impressionists, four seem to stand out from the others and to have produced pictures, many of which can be considered masterpieces. These four men are: Maufra, Moret, Loiseau and D’Espagnat”
A Quartet of Young Impressionists, Henry G. Stephens, Brush and Pencil,
Vol. 19, No. 4 (Apr.1907), p. 148
A great friend of the painters Maxime Maufra and Henry Moret, Loiseau belonged to the generation of young artists whom the Impressionists regarded as their successors. It was a legacy that they were keen to nurture as carefully as possible. In 1895, Monet and Renoir introduced these young painters to Paul Durand-Ruel, who for years had been their retained art dealer. Two years later Durand-Ruel signed an exclusive contract with Loiseau.
This painting represents Loiseau’s work during his later years, depicting the Place de L’Étoile, now known as Place Charles de Gaulle, in Paris. The square is incredibly busy with both tourists and locals alike, as it is where the Arc de Triomphe lies.