Property from the Collection of Bryan Steele
1859 - 1935
AU PAYS BLEU
signed Virginie Demont-Breton (lower left)
oil on canvas
23¼ by 31½ in.
59.1 by 80 cm
We would like to thank Annette Bourrut Lacouture for confirming the authenticity of this lot.
Original unlined condition. The surface presents well with fresh, bright colors. A very few pin dots of discoloration are visible. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There are a few scattered, finely applied retouches on the girl's backside and legs and the dog's face, front paw and back legs. A few additional sparse retouches in the upper background. Ready to hang in its current state.
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.
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Sale: Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco and Los Angeles, May 18, 1994, lot 2853, illustrated (as Frolicking on the Beach)
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Salon des Artistes Français, 1892, no. 535
Chicago, International Exposition, 1893, no. 164
Following in the footsteps of her father, the celebrated painter Jules Breton, Virginie Demont-Breton found inspiration for her own compositions in the lives of fishermen and their families in Wissant, near Calais. The artist began Au pays bleu in 1891 and completed the work shortly before the 1892 Salon des Artistes Français. Demont-Breton's daughter Adrienne, aged four, served as the model for the little girl. Her Irish Setter Musette was the model for the dog.