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Le Maître des Cortèges
PEASANTS BRAWLING IN A LANDSCAPE
Estimate
30,00040,000
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52
Le Maître des Cortèges
PEASANTS BRAWLING IN A LANDSCAPE
Estimate
30,00040,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Le Maître des Cortèges
ACTIF À PARIS VERS 1645 - 1660
PEASANTS BRAWLING IN A LANDSCAPE

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Paris, Drouot Richelieu, 12 June 1986, lot 94 (as "Maître des Cortèges and studio"). 

Literature

P. Rosenberg, Tout l'œuvre peint des Le Nain, Paris, 1993, p. 101, no. C3B, reproduced; 
J.-P. Cuzin, Figures de la Réalité, Caravagesques français, Georges de La Tour, les frères Le Nain..., Paris 2010, p. 321. 

Catalogue Note

There are three known versions of Peasants brawling in a landscape, also known as The Picklocks' fight or Savoyard scene. The best-known version is in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow (oil on canvas, 51 x 68 cm; inv. no. Ж-2974). Jacques Thuillier analysed the painting in the Le Nain retrospective in 1978-1979 as such: 'This violent scene is treated here with the same slightly cold restraint as the joyful scene by Cortèges. The geometric construction succeeds in suggesting the fight through the play of large obliques, without the need for mimicry and shouting, nor for these more or less vulgar details that are added much of the time [by other artists]' (see J. Thuillier, Les frères Le Nain, exh. cat., Paris 1978, p. 337). The Maître de Cortèges is the invented name for this anonymous painter in the circle of the Le Nain brothers. The work of this artist is grouped together around two paintings: The Procession of the Ox, which belonged to Pablo Picasso before he bequeathed it to the Musée du Louvre, and The Procession of the Ram (Philadelphia Museum of Art).

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris