1839 - 1924
ILS SONT PARTIS!
signed C Hermans (lower right)
oil on canvas
39⅝ by 28 in.
100.6 by 71.1 cm
Original unlined condition, with minor bumping and pulling of the canvas near the upper and lower edges. The varnish has yellowed in a few isolated areas, and there are sparse pin dots of accretion. Finely patterned, faint craquelure is visible across the picture surface and there is a pin dot loss at the extreme upper left edge. Faint abrasion is visible near the edge of the water. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. No apparent issues.
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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Charles Hermans’ early training was under the painter François-Joseph Navez (see lot 54) and later in his career he would become a teacher to artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Hermans was celebrated for his vibrant, realist masterworks such as L’Aube (1875, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Belgium) and Bal Masqué (1880, sold in these rooms on November 4, 2011, lot 27) as well as more intimate, emotive seaside compositions such as the present work, where fashionably dressed women look out to sea and toward departed loved ones, reminiscent of the work of his fellow Belgian artist Alfred Stevens.