Lot 140
  • 140

Frédéric Bazille

180,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • Frédéric Bazille
  • La Macreuse

  • Signed with the initials F.B. (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 5/8 by 15 3/8 in.
  • 47.3 by 39 cm


Madame Gaston Bazille, née Camille Vialars (the mother of the artist)
André Bazille (by descent from the above)
Madame Rachou-Bazille (by descent from the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above in December 1961)


Montpelier, Exposition Internationale; Rétrospective Bazille, 1927, no. 35
Montpelier, Musée Fabre, Centenaire de Frédéric Bazille, 1941, no. 12
Paris, Wildenstein Gallery, Bazille, 1950, no. 12 
Montpelier, Musée Fabre, Frédéric Bazille, 1959, no. 6 
Tokyo, Wildenstein Gallery, Les Impressionnistes: Collection Wildenstein, 1973, illustrated in the catalogue
New York, Wildenstein Gallery, The Object as Subject, 1975, no. 3
Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Frédéric Bazille and Early Impressionism, 1978, no. 11, illustrated in the catalogue
Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum; Memphis, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Frédéric Bazille: Prophet of Impressionism, 1992-93
Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Monet & Bazille: A Collaboration, 1999, no. 15, illustrated in color in the catalogue


Gaston Poulain, Bazille et ses amis, Paris, 1932, no. 6
Jacques Guérif, À la recherche d'une esthétique protestante: Frédéric Bazille, Aix-en-Provence, 1943, p. 32
Daniel Wildenstein, "Le peintre de natures mortes," in Arts, June 9, 1950, p. 8
François Daulte, Frédéric Bazille et son temps, Geneva, 1952, no. 8, illustrated fig. 8
François Daulte, Frédéric Bazille et les débuts de l'Impressionnisme: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Paris, 1992, no. 8, illustrated pp. 23 & 156
Frédéric Bazille et ses amis impressionnistes (exhibition catalogue), Montpelier, Pavillon du Musée Fabre, 1992, pp. 95 & 97
Valérie Bajou, Frédéric Bazille 1841-1870, Aix-en-Provence, 1993, fig. 24, illustrated p. 62
Colin B. Bailey, "Exhibition Review: Bazille: 'The Astonishing Fullness of Light'," in Apollo, CXXXVII, no. 373, March 1993, p. 185
Michel Schulman, Frédéric Bazille, 1841-1870: catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1995, no. 12, illustrated p. 119

Catalogue Note

An exceptionally rare and sophisticated work by one of the finest draughtsman of the nineteenth century, the present picture was a favorite of Bazille's mother, its original owner. This work was painted in 1864, when the artist was only twenty three, and in a letter dated April 12, 1865, his mother wrote to him beseeching its return to her: "Remember my white bird, unless it is absolutely necessary to keep it in your studio, which I do not understand. Bring it to me. I feel its absence acutely... The place where my bird hangs is still empty and I would really like to see it returned" (as quoted in Schulman, op. cit., p. 346).