- Gustave-Adolphe Mossa
- Sea nymph
- Signed and dated on the upper right Gustav Adolf Mossa / Niciensis pinsit 1909 ; titled lower left
- Pencil and watercolor on paper
- 49,5 x 31,5cm
- 19 1/2 by 12 3/8 in.
Galerie de Francony, Nice
Purchased from the above by the current owners in the 1960s or 1970s
Galerie Martini, Nice, 1927
Charles de Richter, L'exposition Gustav Adolf Mossa, La France, December 18th 1927, p. 2
Anonyme, Mossa Paintings, Nice exhibit, please visitors, New York Herald, January 4th 1928, p.8
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Les Aquarelles symbolistes et la création plastique symboliste de Gustav Adolf Mossa, Doctorat Thesis, Université d'Aix-en-Provence - Marseille, 1978, p. 577, n°207
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Gustav Adolf Mossa, Nice, 1985, cit. pp. 198-200
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Gustav Adolf Mossa, Catalogue raisonné des oeuvres "symbolistes", Paris, 2010, p. 293, n°A216
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In 1908, Mossa marries Charlotte-Andrée Naudin who, from then on, often poses as a model for him, as for this composition. Jean-Roger Soubiran describes the way the artist paints his wife "in a spleen, as if holding back from her inner cunning desires", illustrated in the duality of our composition with the serenity in the nymph's body and the chaos in the lower part.