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Pharamond Blanchard
FRENCH
PAUL ET VIRGINIE
Estimate
20,00030,000
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11
Pharamond Blanchard
FRENCH
PAUL ET VIRGINIE
Estimate
20,00030,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pharamond Blanchard
1805 - 1873
FRENCH
PAUL ET VIRGINIE
signed and dated P. Blanchard / 1844 lower left
oil on canvas
41 by 61cm., 16 by 24in.
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Provenance

Private collection, France (by 1989)
Private collection, New York

Exhibited

New Orleans, Museum of Art; New York, Stair Sainty Matthiesen; Cincinnati, Taft Museum of Art, Romance and Chivalry: Literature and History Reflected in Early Nineteenth Century Painting, 1996-97, no 3, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Peintures des lointains: La Collection du musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, exh. cat., 2018, p. 35, cited; p. 36, fig. 10, illustrated

Catalogue Note

First published in 1788, Jacques-Henri-Bernardin de Saint-Pierre's novel Pierre et Virginie recounted an idealised vision of life in the French colony of Mauritius, in contrast to the perceived artificiality of European civilization. Highly influential on European culture in the nineteenth century, the Romantic novel gave rise to a huge variety of imagery in both the fine and decorative arts, as explored in a section of the present exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly (op. cit.). Here Pharamond Blanchard pans out from the figures of Paul and Virginie, to set the couple within a finely detailed exotic botanical setting.

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