Victor Gabriel Gilbert
- Victor Gabriel Gilbert
- The Arrival of the Fishing Boats
- signed Victor Gilbert and dated 1882 (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 25 5/8 by 21 3/8 in.
- 65 by 54.2 cm
Charles Hyson, New Jersey (acquired from the estate sale of the above, 1970s)
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2006
Fifth Regiment Armory, Art Loan Exhibition, 1900s (according to a label on the reverse possibly 1908, city venue unknown)
Gilbert’s interest in the activities of the Paris fish markets in Les Halles likely prompted him to investigate the market’s precursor, the harbor. The fish harbor and market became Gilbert’s most prized settings and The Arrival of the Fishing Boats is a detailed example of his ability to capture the intricacies of the fishing trade.
After the boats have come to shore, fishermen unload the catch but it is hard-working women who distribute and sort the various types of fish, selecting the best for their market baskets. Always striking in Gilbert’s fishing scenes, whether at the market or along the shore, is his exactitude in capturing the sheen and opacity of the bodies and scales of sea life.