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Henri Eugène Augustin le Sidaner ( 1862 - 1939)
Henri Le Sidaner was born at Port Louis on the island of Mauritius, 7th August 1862. He returned to France with his family and in 1880 enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts where he studied under Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889). Following his academic training Le Sidaner, an admirer of the Impressionists, lived and worked in Etaples on the Normandy coast. In 1891 he first exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français where he was awarded a bronze medal at the Universal Exposition. This same year he moved to Beauvais and subsequently to Gerberoy sur l’Oise. In 1905 Le Sidaner travelled to Venice producing a series of works that were shown to huge acclaim in London and Paris at the Salon in 1906.