Lot 19
  • 19

Jules Breton

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • Jules Breton
  • Glaneuse d'oeillettes
  • signed J. Breton (lower right) 
  • oil on panel 
  • 10 3/8 by 13 3/4 in.
  • 26.4 by 34.9 cm


The artist's studio
Léon van Leerens, Gand, Belgium (and sold, his sale, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, December 22-23, 1931, lot 38) 
Baron Cassel Van Doorn, New Jersey (and sold, his estate, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, December 4, 1953, lot 281)
La Passe Ltd., New York 
The United Jewish Appeal Federation (and sold, Sotheby's, New York, October 29, 1987, lot 240, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

The present work is an oil study for Jules Breton’s large-scale Salon picture, La Moisson des oeillettes (1896, location unknown), a compositional study for which was sold in these rooms on November 8, 2012, lot 22 (fig. 1). The artist’s daughter Virginie Demont-Breton (see previous lot) identified the present work in an inscription on the reverse: Ce tableau sort de l'atelier de mon père, il a servi a l'exécution du tableau La Moisson des oeilettes qui a été vendu [...] en Amerique au vente publique [...] de deux cents mille francs./ Virginie Demont Breton/ 29 octobre 1907

(This painting left the atelier of my father, it served the execution of the painting La Moisson des oeilettes which was sold [...] in America in a public sale [...] for two hundred thousand francs.)

In this study Breton focuses on the figure at the far right of the Salon picture, who is finishing her task towards the end of the working day. Applied with rapid and impressionistic brushwork, the palette evokes the waning light of evening. As Annette Bourrut Lacouture notes, “the gesture of the young woman putting pressure on the sheaf in order to tie it, her arm resting on her knee to stop it slipping while she makes a knot.... [conveys] extraordinary keenness of observation.” (Annette Bourrut Lacouture, Jules Breton, Painter of Peasant Life, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Arras; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper; National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 2002, p. 215). There are at least two known drawings of this same glaneuse and her sheaf, one of which is in collection of the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris.

We would like to thank Annette Bourrut Lacouture for confirming the authenticity of this lot, which will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist.