Sale: Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, 30 May 2000, lot 215 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Situated on the eastern end of lake Geneva, between Montreux and Villeneuve, the Château de Chillon, listed as a historic monument, is one of the most visited medieval castles in Switzerland. Its spectacular position attracted numerous artists in the nineteenth century; Gustave Courbet painted a whole series of views of the castle during his Swiss exile. Janus La Cour travelled a lot in Switzerland and in Italy. In this view the artist, who favored pure natural idyll without figures, depicted the peaceful harmony of the site and the mirror effects of the calm water.
The canvas has not been lined. Ultra-violet light reveals no signs of retouching. The work is in very good original condition and ready to hang.
Presented in a gilt frame.
The colours are less red than in the catalogue illustration. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."