Lot 291
  • 291

Hugues Taraval

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Hugues Taraval
  • Telemachus on the Island of the Goddess Calypso
  • oil on canvas
  • 29 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches


Chameroy collection (according to a label affixed to the stretcher);
Acquired by the present owner in 2001. 


Paris, Salon, 1775, no. 81;
Paris, Salon, 1781, no. 52. 


Réflexions joyeuses d'un garçon de bonne humeur sur les tableaux exposés au Salon de 1781, Paris 1781, p. 16;
Réponse aux Réflexions du garçon joyeux, Paris 1781;
La vérité critique des tableaux exposés au Salon du Louvre en 1781, Paris 1781;
G. Äkerlund, "Diderot och Hugues Taraval," in Ord och Bild, Illustrerad Månadsskrift, vol. LII, 1943, pp. 144-5;
D. Diderot, in J. Seznec (ed.), Diderot—Salons, IV (1769, 1771, 1775, 1781), Oxford 1967, pp. xix, 234, 251, 299, 317-8, 360-1;
M. Sandoz, "Hughes Taraval (Paris 1729-paris 1785)," in Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, 1972, p. 228, no. 85 (as untraced);
E.M. Bukdahl, A. Lorenceau and G. May (eds.), Diderot héros et martyrs, IV, (Salons de 1769, 1771, 1775, 1781), Paris 1995, p. 316, notes 59-60 (as untraced);
P. Sanchez, Dictionnaire des artistes exposant dans les Salons des XVII et XVIIIEME siècles à Paris et en province, 1673-1800, Dijon 2004, III, pp. 1582-3.


The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com , an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This work is in extremely good condition. The painting seems to have been recently cleaned. The only retouching seems to be in the tablecloth beneath the still life. The canvas is lined, and the cracking is stable. There is slight thinness in the darker colors above the female group on the right. Although the cracking is level and stabilized because of the lining, it is still visible but not disturbing.
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