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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Jules Breton
FRENCH
CAMPEMENT DE BOHÉMIENS, DANS LES RUINES DE L'ABBAYE DE SAINT-BAVON (GAND)
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
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81

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Jules Breton
FRENCH
CAMPEMENT DE BOHÉMIENS, DANS LES RUINES DE L'ABBAYE DE SAINT-BAVON (GAND)
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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Jules Breton
1827 - 1906
FRENCH
CAMPEMENT DE BOHÉMIENS, DANS LES RUINES DE L'ABBAYE DE SAINT-BAVON (GAND)
signed Jules Breton (lower right)
oil on canvas
54 1/2 by 36 3/4 in.
138.4 by 93.3 cm
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We would like to thank Annette Bourrut Lacouture for contributing to this catalogue entry and for confirming the authenticity of this lot which will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

Provenance

Private Collection, England (by 1900)
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Brussels, Salon, 1854, no. 102

Literature

Jules Breton, La Vie d'un Artiste/Art et Nature, Paris, 1890, p. 219-20
Marius Vachon, Jules Breton, Paris, 1919, p. 77-8

Catalogue Note

An early work of the artist, this previously unknown composition relates to a study that Breton made in 1853, The Ruins of Saint Bavo’s Abbey in Ghent (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent).  Although the study includes only one figure among the ruins—possibly his teacher Félix de Vigne — Breton animates the present work with a camp of colorfully dressed gypsies, which he sketched from clay manikins. Even at this early stage of his career, Breton’s consideration of the arrangement of the figures anticipates the complex compositional groupings of peasants in his later Salon paintings, as in Les Communiantes (see lot 8).

19th Century European Art

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