Lot 14
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Jules Breton

Estimate
70,000 - 100,000 USD
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Description

  • Jules Breton
  • La fête du grand-père
  • signed Jules Breton, inscribed Courrières, and dated 1864 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 27 3/8 by 37 5/8 in.
  • 69.5 by 95.5 cm

Exhibited

London, French Gallery, Eleventh Annual Exhibition, 1864, no. 18 (as Grand-Papa's Birthday)

Catalogue Note

Interior scenes like La fête du Grand-Père are relatively rare in Breton’s oeuvre and its palette and composition (particularly the domestic vignette seen through the doorway of a woman setting a table) demonstrates the artist’s longstanding appreciation of seventeenth-century Dutch painting. While the artist wrote to his Uncle Boniface Breton that he completed the work in March 1864 it is possible that it was started years earlier.  Soon after the painting’s completion it was exhibited in London before being lost, and until recently has been known primarily though a preparatory crayon noir and oil sketch. 
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