Lot 61
  • 61

Gustave Courbet

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 USD
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Description

  • Gustave Courbet
  • Paysage avec trois personnages¬†
  • signed G. Courbet. (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 10 3/4 by 7 3/4 in.
  • 27.3 by 19.7 cm

Provenance

Sale: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, April 25, 1968, lot 179
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Robert Fernier, La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, Lausanne and Paris, 1978, vol. II, p. 220, no. 1009, illustrated p. 221

Condition

The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is in good condition. The canvas has been lined. The artist painted these pictures with a palette knife, and although the paint layer is quite dense in areas, the impasto is quite modest. The palette knife creates a rather intentionally uneven paint layer, and one very often sees a grainy texture to the paint layer in his skies. No restorations are evident under ultraviolet light, but to the naked eye, there are restorations visible along the right side in the sky and around the perimeter of the tree. While there may be a damage in the lower sky, this restoration may be aimed at reducing the intentionally slightly grainy texture. The condition seems to be very good overall.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note

On the invitation of Dr. Weseley, Robert Fernier visited his New York collection in April 1973, closely examining the present work and dating it to circa 1874-75.