Lot 59
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Jules Alexis Muenier

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Jules Alexis Muenier
  • La Levée des nasses
  • signed J.A. Muenier. and dated 1891 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Possibly, Goupil, Paris (1892, no. 22246)
Possibly, Sanmarcelli (and possibly sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 22, 1895, lot 54)
Possibly, Goupil, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
Possibly, MM. Fould Cie, Paris (acquired from the above)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, October 25, 2005, lot 38, illustrated (as The Eel Fishers)
Acquired at the above sale


Paris, Salon, 1892, no. 767

Catalogue Note

Jules Alexis Muenier purchased his teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme’s provincial villa in the small rural village of Coulevon (near Vesoul), and after spending numerous summer visits, he permanently settled there after 1885.  At Coulevon, Muenier constructed a glass studio on his spacious grounds where he positioned his local models in all types of weather and light conditions. As an inveterate photographer – and a contributor to regional photographic exhibitions – Muenier took hundreds of glass plate negatives for scenes and figural types that he eventually used in his compositions. Among these glass negatives is an image of a fisherman and his net working along the river at Coulevon. Fascination with this type of rural activity led Muenier to use these photographic studies as the basis for paintings such as La Levée des nasses. Muenier’s ability to capture daily life in a meticulous style demonstrated his commitment to Naturalism, which was by 1890 one of the primary approaches for artists working at the Société Nationale.