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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BERTRAND PUVIS DE CHAVANNES

Albert Besnard
FRENCH
A HOWDAH IN HYDERABAD
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7,00010,000
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BERTRAND PUVIS DE CHAVANNES

Albert Besnard
FRENCH
A HOWDAH IN HYDERABAD
Estimate
7,00010,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Albert Besnard
1849 - 1934
FRENCH
A HOWDAH IN HYDERABAD
signed ABesnard lower left
watercolour and gouache on paper
60 by 48cm., 23½ by 19in.
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Provenance

Galerie Jean-Pierre Gros, Paris
Purchased from the above by the present owner in circa 2008

Exhibited

Evian, Palais Lumière; Paris, Petit Palais-Musée des beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, Albert Besnard (1849-1934): Modernités Belle Époque, 2016-17, no. 90, illustrated in the catalogue (as Un Howdah)

Literature

H. Bidou, Touche à tout, 1912, n.p
Henri Frantz, 1912, p. 168
Ph. Besnard, unpublished M.S., n.d.
Chantal Beauvalot, Albert Besnard et l’Inde, exh. cat., Galerie Philippe Heim, Paris, 2004
'Albert Besnard (1849-1934): modernités Belle Époque', in Le Guide culturel au pays du Mont-Blanc, 2016, illustrated
Actualité de l’Art, 2016, illustrated
L’Estampille / L’ Objet d’Art hors série,
n° 102 , p. 31, illustrated
La Gazette Drouot, 1 July 2016, p. 210, illustrated
Arts Magazine, July/August, 2016, p. 31, illustrated
Léonard
, September 2016, p. 36, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1912.

With its bold palette, the present work is a vivid depiction of Hyderabad as observed by Albert Besnard on his Indian journey of 1911-12. The scene gives artistic form to a passage described in Besnard's account of his travels, L'Homme en rose: L'Inde couleur de sang: 'Elephants with their trunk decorated with arabesques of gold and silver, pass like ships between us and the sun, casting great areas of shade on the crowd.'

A winner of the Prix de Rome (1874), and Director of the Villa Médicis in Rome (1913-21) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1922-32), Besnard had a successful career. He is best known for his public murals, which include the ceilings of the Comédie Française and the cupola of the Petit Palais in Paris.

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