Lot 387
  • 387

Jean-Bruno Gassies

25,000 - 35,000 USD
106,250 USD
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  • Jean-Bruno Gassies
  • Castor and Pollux rescuing Helen
  • oil on canvas
  • 44 1/2 x 56 inches (sight)


Anonymous sale, Zürich, Koller, 19 September 1996, lot 101;
With Galerie Renoncourt, Paris;
From whom purchased by the husband of the present owner in 1996.


Paris, Prix de Rome competition, 1817.

Catalogue Note

This painting was Gassies’s entry for the 1817 Prix de Rome competition for history painting.  The subject chosen for that year was an episode from Plutarch’s Life of Theseus which recounts the rescue by twin brothers, Castor and Pollux, of their sister Helen, who had been abducted by Theseus.  The first prize winner that year was Léon Cogniet.

Gassies entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1814 and studied with François-André Vincent, Pierre Lacour and Jacques-Louis David.   As well as historical subjects, he produced landscapes, marine views, allegories and religious paintings.  He exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1810-1833 and was decorated with the Légion d’Honneur in 1822.