GUSTAVE COURBET | PAYSAGE FRANC-COMTOIS OR LE VALLON VERT
Property from a Private Collection, Japan
1819 - 1877
PAYSAGE FRANC-COMTOIS OR LE VALLON VERT
signed Gustave Courbet. and dated ..65 (lower right)
oil on canvas
canvas: 28¾ by 36¼ in.; 73 by 92 cm
framed: 42⅛ by 49½ in.; 107 by 126 cm
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has not been fully cleaned, and there are remnants of an old varnish visible under ultraviolet light in the darker colors. Under ultraviolet light, one can see retouches in the river in the lower left, in and around the tree trunk on the left side, in a spot to the right of the tree trunk on the far right, and in another spot in the lower center. The retouching is broad, particularly in the lower left.
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William Buchanan, New York (and sold by the estate: American Art Association, New York, April 18, 1912, lot 68, illustrated as The Green Dell)
Galerie Claude Aubry, Paris
Sale: Sotheby's, London, July 2, 1974, lot 12 (illustrated as Paysage)
Acquired at the above sale
Robert Fernier, La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, Lausanne, 1978, vol. I, p. 258 , no. 476, illustrated p. 259
It is possible that Paysage Franc-Comtois or Le Vallon Vert is a composite of various elements, though the title indicates it is a view of the Franche-Comté, nestled in the Juras with its dramatic cliffs, verdant forests and receding river. Courbet’s painterly virtuosity is evident in the treatment of the feathered foliage, rushing water and cold granite of the clifftops. Unlike a number of Courbet’s sous-bois paintings, the lighter palette of the present work reveals the artist’s interest in the interplay of light and shadow as the sun’s rays are filtered between the jutting rock formations.
The first known owner of Paysage Franc-Comtois or Le Vallon Vert was William Buchanan, a Brooklynite whose collection of “High Class Modern Paintings,” as the sale of his estate was titled, was sold in 1912. His collection included every titan of the nineteenth Century art world, from Jean Béraud and William Bouguereau to Emilio Sanchez-Perrier and Félix Ziem. Then titled The Green Dell, the present work was among the highlights of the sale and the first picture mentioned in the write-up provided by The New York Sun (“Fine Pictures Go To-Night”, The New York Sun, April 18, 1912, p, 11).