Lot 21
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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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20,000 USD
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  • Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
  • Homme avec barbe brune
  • signed with initials (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


Sornin (?) Collection, Paris (according to an indistinct inscription on an old paper label on the stretcher)
Obelisk Gallery, London
Shepherd Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above, May 1968


New York, The New York Cultural Center, Collectors Annoymous, June 27-September 3, 1972, no. 3 (as Self Portrait and dated circa 1872)
Musée des Beaux Arts de Valenciennes; Paris, Musée du Luxembourg; Amsterdam, Van Gogh Musuem, Carpeaux peintre, October 8, 1999-August 27, 2000, no. 272 (lent by the present owner)

Catalogue Note

Though difficult to read clearly, the label on the work's reverse may refer to the sculptor Edme-Jean-Louis Sornet (1802-1876) who was also associated with Carpeaux's hometown of Valenciennes. While previously identified as a self-portrait, the man portrayed in the present work bears little resemblance to the artist and was catalogued as Homme (avec barbe brune) in the 1999-2000 Carpeaux exhibition.