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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ESTELLE WOLF

Charles Sprague Pearce
AMERICAN
YOUNG GIRL OF AUVERS-SUR-OISE
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ESTELLE WOLF

Charles Sprague Pearce
AMERICAN
YOUNG GIRL OF AUVERS-SUR-OISE
Estimate
30,00050,000
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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New York

Charles Sprague Pearce
1851 - 1914
AMERICAN
YOUNG GIRL OF AUVERS-SUR-OISE
signed CHARLES-SPRAGUE-PEARCE and inscribed AUVERS-SUR-OISE (lower right)
oil on canvas
21 3/4 by 18 1/8 in.
55.2 by 46 cm
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Provenance

The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above in 1993

Exhibited

New York, The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce, October 23-December 4, 1993, no. 29

Catalogue Note

Born in Boston, Charles Sprague Pearce joined fellow expatriate artists and moved to Paris in 1882, working in the studio of Léon Bonnat, just as John Singer Sargent and Thomas Eakins had before him. He enjoyed great success throughout his career, receiving medals at the Paris Salon, was awarded the French Legion d’honneur, and was decorated with the Order of Leopold, Belgium, the Order of the Red Eagle, Prussia, and the Order of the Dannebrog, Denmark.

In August 1884, Sprague Pearce purchased a farm in Auvers-sur-Oise, a town some twenty miles northwest of Paris on the banks of the Oise river. While many other artists had worked in the area, including Charles-François Daubigny, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Paul Cézanne, Honoré Daumier, and Camille Pissarro (in nearby Pontoise), this relocation more closely aligned Sprague Pearce with his French naturalist contemporaries. As Mary Lublin writes, "the northeastern area of France was especially fertile for naturalists, with each artist devoted to his own coin de terre. Jules Breton was identified with Courrières… Bastien-Lepage with Damvilliers… Dagnan-Bouveret worked in the Franche-Comté… [and] in Auvers, Pearce began his examination of the ways of nature in earnest" (A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce, New York, 1993, p. 33). This sensitive portrait displays all of the naturalistic qualities that aligned Pearce with his rural contemporaries, and is rendered in a harmonious and soft palette that is immediately recognizable as the artist's.

19th Century European Art

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New York