View full screen - View 1 of Lot 14. CHARLES SPRAGUE PEARCE | SAINTE GENEVIÈVE .



60,000 - 80,000 USD

Property of a Private Collector, Philadelphia




60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot sold:



Property of a Private Collector, Philadelphia



1851 - 1914


signed CHARLES-SPRAGUE-PEARCE and inscribed AUVERS-S-OISE-S-ET-O (lower left) 

oil on canvas 

canvas: 83 1⁄4  by 67 in.; 211.5 by 170.2 cm

framed: 92 1⁄4 by 75 3⁄4 in.; 234.3 by 192.4 cm

The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work is in very good condition. The large and rather heavily painted canvas has been lined with wax as an adhesive. This lining is still supporting the paint layer, but it could easily be reversed. The work is possibly slightly dirty. The paint layer is very well preserved.

Under ultraviolet light, one can see a few small spots of retouching running horizontally across the top of the sky in the lighter clouds and in the upper center of the work above the wooden framework of the barn. There are a few spots beneath the inscription in the lower left, and a few more across the bottom edge. No retouches are apparent throughout the remainder of the picture--including the figure, landscape and animals.

"This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."

Domestic and global shipments are currently experiencing delays. All successful buyers will be contacted to discuss options for shipment and collection of property, but should anticipate longer shipping timelines than usual.

Please note that the updated framed dimensions for this work are 92 1/4 by 75 3/4 in. (234.3 by 192.4 cm).

Private Collection, England

Private Collection, Florida

Peter Rudolph, Philadelphia (by 1992) 

Lagakos-Turak Gallery, Philadelphia 

Acquired from the above in 1996

Ludovic Baschet, ed., Salon de 1887, Catalogue illustré, Paris, 1887, p. 32, no. 1849, illustrated p. 142 (a drawing after the painting)

"Chronique artistique, Le Salon de Bruxelles 1887," La Jeune Belgique, vol. 6, 1887, p. 325

"Le Salon de 1887," Revue du monde catholique, vol. 90, 1887, p. 453

"The Salon-II," The Magazine of Art, London, 1887, p. 357

"Art at the Exposition," Chicago Tribune, September 4, 1888, p. 4

"Pictures on Exhibition," Chicago Tribune, September 21, 1888, p. 8

"Art, Object Lessons at the Academy Exhibition," The American, February 9, 1889, p. 265-6

"Pictures from the Spring Exhibition of the National Academy of Design," Harper's Weekly, April 6, 1889, p. 269, illustrated (a drawing after the painting)

"Art," The Churchman, April 20, 1889, p. 497

"American Work at the Berlin Exhibition of Fine Arts," The Literary Digest, August 8, 1896, p. 460

The Junior Classics: Stories of Courage and Heroism, New York, 1918, illustrated after p. 66

Jennifer A. Martin Bienenstock, "Gari Melchers and the Belgian Art World 1882-1908," Gari Melchers, a Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida and travelling, 1990-1991, pp. 82, 89

Lois Marie Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth Century Paris Salons, Cambridge, 1990, pp. 278, 379 

Gabriel P. Weisberg, Beyond Impressionism: The Natural Impulse, New York, 1992, p. 154, illustrated p. 156 

D. Dodge Thompson, "Charles Sprague Pearce," Antiques the Magazine, November 1993, p. 685, illustrated 

Mary Lublin, A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce, exh. cat., 1993, p. 36, illustrated p. 74, no. 25

Emmanuelle Amiot-Saulnier, "L'influence de Jules Bastien-Lepage: un passage vers la modernité, Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884), exh. cat., Museé d'Orsay, Paris; Centre Mondial de la Paix, March 2007-September 2007, p. 67 

Gabriel P. Weisberg, et al, Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography, and Cinema 1875–1918,, 2011, p. 94, fig. 92, illustrated

Paris, Salon des artistes français, 1887, no. 1849

Le salon de Bruxelles (Brussels Triennial), 1887

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, (annual exhibition), 1888, no. 178

Chicago, Interstate Industrial Exposition, 1888

New York, National Academy of Design, 1889

Loan Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1890 (lent by Shadrach H. Pearce, the artist's father)

Berlin, Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung1891

Berlin, Exhibition of Fine Arts, 1896

New York, The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, A Rare Elegance: The Paintings of Charles Sprague Pearce, October 23-December 4, 1993, no. 25 (lent by a Private Collection) 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (on temporary loan, 2003-2011, by the present owner)

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum; Helsinki, Ateneum Art Museum, Illusions of Reality: Naturalist Painting, Photography, and Cinema 1875–1918, October 8, 2010-May 15, 2011, n.n. (lent by the present owner)

Seattle, Frye Art Museum (on temporary loan, 2012-2020, by the present owner)

Seattle, Frye Art Museum, Ties That Bind: American Artists in Europe, July 14-September 23, 2012 

Seattle, Frye Art Museum, American Portraits, May 14-August 30, 2015