Albert (Ferdinand-Jules-Albert) Gosselin (1862-1940) studied in Paris under Jules Lefebvre and Henri–Joseph Harpignies. He debuted at the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français in 1889, and exhibited there for several years. He mainly practiced landscape painting. His favorite themes were the landscapes of Brittany, views of the Loire and Loig rivers, especially in twilight lighting.
Description of the painting:
“Twilight on the Banks of the Loing” depicts a French countryside landscape. The foreground is taken up by the vegetation–covered banks of the titular river. The artist uses a pointillist technique to show the carpet of grass with small brushstrokes. Different shades of green intermingle in it. The riverbed is flanked by reeds and tall trees. On the opposite bank, the roofs of buildings – houses and probably a church – can be seen above the tree crowns. Thanks to the subdued colors, they seem to be part of the natural landscape. The water‘s surface reflects the view of the river banks, which almost merges with them. Above it all is a blue–pink sky, marked by the colors of the setting sun.
The artist uses a subdued color palette, based on greens and pastel shades of the sky. The painting, through the colors used and the view captured, exudes tranquility and invites contemplation.