Henri Le Sidaner is renowned for his serene and intimate outdoor still life scenes featuring a deserted table and chairs with hints of the human figures recently removed. He was drawn to the atmospheric small towns in Normandy, Brittany and Côte d’Azur whose old buildings and architecture were, even then, being slowly threatened with extinction.
Le Sidaner’s garden at his home in Gerberoy, where this work was painted, provided the artist seemingly endless inspiration. Le Sidaner first visited Gerberoy in March 1901 in search of a proper country home to escape to from Paris. Le Sidaner purchased a small cottage in this picturesque fortress town sixty-five miles northwest of Paris in 1904 and commenced with his plans to remodel and extend the space. By 1910 the main house was extended, a pavilion and studio barn were erected, and an extensive garden was cultivated. Le Sidaner’s home in Gerberoy, like Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, was purposefully constructed and arranged to be his artistic muse
Art critic Camille Mauclair wrote of Le Sidaner: “He considered that the silent harmony of things is enough to evoke the presence of those who live among them. Indeed, such presences are felt throughout his works. Deserted they may be but never empty” (C. Mauclair, Henri Le Sidan, Paris, 1928, p. 12).