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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Gustave-Adolphe Mossa
SEA NYMPH
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Gustave-Adolphe Mossa
SEA NYMPH
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Details & Cataloguing

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Gustave-Adolphe Mossa
NICE 1883 - 1971 NICE
SEA NYMPH
Signed and dated on the upper right Gustav Adolf Mossa / Niciensis pinsit 1909 ; titled lower left
Pencil and watercolor on paper
49,5 x 31,5cm
19 1/2  by 12 3/8  in.
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Provenance

Charlotte-Andrée Naudin-Mossa (artist's wife) Collection
Galerie de Francony, Nice
Purchased from the above by the current owners in the 1960s or 1970s

Exhibited

Gustav Adolf Mossa, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1911, n°20
Galerie Martini, Nice, 1927

Literature

Raymond Bouyer, "Gustav Adolf Mossa, Expositions diverses", Le Bulletin de l'art ancien et moderne, April 22nd 1911, p. 127
Charles de Richter, L'exposition Gustav Adolf Mossa, La France, December 18th 1927, p. 2
Anonyme, Mossa Paintings, Nice exhibit, please visitors, New York Herald, January 4th 1928, p.8 
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Les Aquarelles symbolistes et la création plastique symboliste de Gustav Adolf Mossa, Doctorat Thesis, Université d'Aix-en-Provence - Marseille, 1978, p. 577, n°207
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Gustav Adolf Mossa, Nice, 1985, cit. pp. 198-200
Jean-Roger Soubiran, Gustav Adolf Mossa, Catalogue raisonné des oeuvres "symbolistes", Paris, 2010, p. 293, n°A216

Catalogue Note

Water nymphs are usually known as guardians of water spots. However, Mossa's water nymph is here drowning a ship full of naked sailors, panicking. Could she be Nemesis, daughter of Ocean according to Pausanias, in charge of divine vengeance ?

In 1908, Mossa marries Charlotte-Andrée Naudin who, from then on, often poses as a model for him, as for this composition. Jean-Roger Soubiran describes the way the artist paints his wife "in a spleen, as if holding back from her inner cunning desires", illustrated in the duality of our composition with the serenity in the nymph's body and the chaos in the lower part.

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