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Alfred Stevens et Henri Gervex
FRAGMENT FROM THE HISTORY OF THE CENTURY PANORAMA
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT
184
Alfred Stevens et Henri Gervex
FRAGMENT FROM THE HISTORY OF THE CENTURY PANORAMA
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Alfred Stevens et Henri Gervex
1823 - 1906 ET 1852 - 1929
FRAGMENT FROM THE HISTORY OF THE CENTURY PANORAMA
Signed lower left A. Stevens and lower right H. Gervex
Oil on canvas
335 x 114 cm ; 131 7/8 by 44 7/8 in.
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Exhibited

Centenaire de la Révolution, Exposition Universelle, Gardens of the Tuileries, Paris, 1889 ;
Salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1891, n°894 ;
Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900, n°65, 66, 67 ou 68 ;
Exposition Universelle, Saint-Louis, Missouri, United States of America, 1904 ;
Exposition Universelle, Brussels, 1910 ;
Exposition Universelle, Chicago, United States of America, 1915

Literature

J. Reinach, Histoire du siècle, 1789 - 1889, peinture de Alfred Stevens et Henri Gervex, Paris, 1889 ;
J. Reinach, Histoire du siècle - 1789 - 1889, peinture de M.M. Stevens et Gervex, Paris, 1890 ;
Germain Bapst, L'histoire des panoramas et des dioramas, Paris, 1891, pp. 27-28 ;
William A. Coles, Alfred Stevens, Michigan, 1977, pp. 149-150, n°42 ;
Exhibition catalogue, Henri Gervex, Bordeaux, 1992, p. 201-205

Catalogue Note

Gervex and Stevens imagine a monumental canvas to be exhibited in a special building in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, during the entire Universal Exhibition of 1889. Gervex will focus on painting the men, while Stevens will rather paint the women. About fifteen people help them with this project.

The panorama represents the century's history in politics, science, arts : from the French Revolution to modern times. Six hundred and forty one figures thus show the country's greatness by presenting its history.

As the State would not conserve the panorama, Gervex and Stevens decide to present it in several international exhibitions. It is finally fragmented in about sixty pieces divided between the participants, proportionally to their participation : the fragments are then signed by Stevens and Gervex.

Four replicas in smaller formats (151 x 320cm) are kept at the Royal Museums of Fine Art, Brussels.

Our fragment represents Barbedienne in profile, painter Charles Chaplin, politician Ménard-Dorian, sculptor Antonin Mercié with an elegant, musician Léo Délibes, politician and railroads promoter Léon Teisserenc, and high functionary Charles Laurent.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris