1819 - 1877
CERF À LA MARE (FONTAINEBLEAU)
signed G. Courbet (lower left)
oil on panel
12⅛ by 8⅞ in.
30.8 by 22.5 cm
Robert Fernier authenticated the present work in a letter dated November 26, 1974.
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is painted on a panel which is flat. The paint layer is stable. It is clean and varnished. Under ultraviolet light, one can see small remnants of old varnish clinging to some areas of the paint layer. There seem to be some small retouches above the rock on the right side and a couple of small retouches around the tree trunk on the left. There do not appear to be any other retouches, and the work should be hung as is.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. 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.
Private Collection, Japan
Acquired from the above
Robert Fernier, La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, Lausanne and Paris, 1978, vol. I, p. 168, no. 278, illustrated p. 169
Painted on an intimate scale, Gustave Courbet's expressive brushwork and dramatic palette brilliantly capture the moody atmosphere of a vast moonlit sky and wet mossy ground at Rocher Saint-Germain, Fontainebleau.