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JEAN RICHARD GOUBIE | LE CIRQUE MOLIER (SET OF SEVEN PAINTINGS)

JEAN RICHARD GOUBIE | LE CIRQUE MOLIER (SET OF SEVEN PAINTINGS)

JEAN RICHARD GOUBIE | LE CIRQUE MOLIER (SET OF SEVEN PAINTINGS)

JEAN RICHARD GOUBIE

French

1842 - 1899

LE CIRQUE MOLIER (SET OF SEVEN PAINTINGS) 


one signed R. Goubie and inscribed offert au célèbre / Molier par son / humble admirateur (lower left)

each, oil on canvas

largest, canvas: 39½ by 26⅝ in.; 100.3 by 67.6 cm

smallest, canvas: 10¼ by 7⅞ in.; 26 by 20 cm

largest, framed: 45¾ by 32¾ in.; 116.2 by 83.2 cm

smallest, framed: 13⅜ by 11⅛ in.; 34 by 28.3 cm

Not examined out of the frames. The surfaces are in generally good condition overall. Each is framed in a gold frame with classical motifs and ready to hang in its current state.


Female Acrobat on Horse

Oil on wax lined canvas. There is a small area of abrasion and a few minor dashed varnish scuffs on the horse's mane and a vertical thin line of craquelure extending length of background at left. Under UV light, the surface is obscured by a green fluorescing varnish that makes the surface somewhat difficult to read through, though there are possible strokes of inpainting in figure's face and costume, as well as the horse's body, tail, and mane.


Horse:

Oil on wax lined canvas. Under UV light, the surface is obscured by a green-fluorescing varnish that makes the surface somewhat difficult to read through, though dots of inpainting to horse's face, mane, and back, pin dots of inpainting to horse's rear leg, and thin lines of inpainting in horse's mane and back are visible.


Male acrobat on Horse:

Wax lined. There are a very few isolated minor vertical surface scratches on the man's stick and on the horse, with a pin dot area of lifting on the tail. Under UV light, the surface is obscured by a green-fluorescing varnish that is difficult to read through, though strokes of inpainting in figure's costume, as well in horse's body, tail, mane are visible.


Clown with hat looking right:

Oil on unlined canvas. There is a pin dot loss at base of the back of the figure's neck, and some isolated pin dot accretions. Faint frame abrasion along right edge. Under UV light, there is a spot of inpainting to the clown's neck.


Clown with glasses and red hair:

Oil on unlined canvas. There is vertical scratch with some minor loss to the left of the clown's red hair in background; and a pin dot loss to canvas on right side of hair. A very few isolated pin dot accretions. Under UV light, the surface is obscured by a green-fluorescing varnish that is difficult to read through, though no inpainting is apparent.


Monkey:

Oil on wax lined canvas. Under UV light, there are areas of inpainting around the horse in the background.


Pair of Dogs:

Oil on unlined canvas. There is a pin dot loss at lower left and another at upper right; and faint craquelure on the left side. Under UV light, there are areas of inpainting in the background, primarily along the top right and bottom edges, and around chair. Pin dots of inpainting in white dog and top of black dog.


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M. Molier, Paris (gifted from the artist)

M. Lopez Windshaw, Paris

Private Collection (by descent from the above, his uncle)

Antoine Cheneviere, London

Private Collection, Virginia (by 1986)

Guarisco Gallery, Washington D.C. (by 2011)

Private Collection, Georgia

The Cirque Molier was one of the most renowned circuses of the late nineteenth century. This amateur circus was famously portrayed in James Tissot’s Women of Paris: The Circus Lover (1885, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). The Cirque Molier was founded by the skilled equestrian and horse trainer Ernest Molier, who built a circus ring at his home on the Rue de Benouville, right outside the gates of the Bois de Boulogne, where he welcomed aristocratic amateur entertainers, such as Count Hubert de la Rochefoucault and Baronne von Walkberg, to perform for other members of the Parisian "high society." Invitations to the Cirque Molier were highly coveted, and the list would have certainly included the wealthy patrons of artists such as Richard Goubie. The present group of seven paintings, which the artist gifted to Ernest Molier himself and may have been studies for a larger painting or poster illustrations or else decorations intended for the big top, would have been just as enthusiastically received by Belle Époque audiences as they are today.