LA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE
MARGUERITE GÉRARDLA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE
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MARGUERITE GÉRARD

LA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE

Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 USD

MARGUERITE GÉRARD

LA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE

Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 USD
Lot sold:176,400USD

Description

MARGUERITE GÉRARD

LA CORRESPONDANCE FAMILIALE


signed on the stool lower left: Mle gérard

oil on canvas

25 1/2 by 21 1/4 in.; 64.8 by 54 cm

Condition report

The following condition report has been provided by Alain Goldrach of Goldrach Restorations LLC., 122 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


As they are no tears or losses in the painting one must assume that the canvas was relined with glue to reduce the typical crackelure of French paintings of the period. The painting bears a very even varnish, somewhat dull, that visually reduces the reading of the vertical crack and suits the picture by quieting the darks.


Under ultraviolet one can notice a very uneven cleaning where most of the old varnish was left behind. Below the layer of resin it is also obvious that the paint layer is in perfect condition. Very few retouches fluoresce, the major ones being in the back of the armchair below the sitter's bag and a reinforcement where the floor meets the wall at right. Otherwise the painting is in wonderful state of preservation. 


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. 

Provenance

J. Mignot, Paris, by 1960
Art market, London, 1983
The Keck Collection, La Lanterne, Bel Air, California
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 17 January 1992, lot 59
There acquired

Literature

S. Wells-Robertson, Marguerite Gérard: 1761-1837, unpublished doctoral dissertation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1978, II, i, cat. no. 86, p. 867
C. Blumenfeld, Marguerite Gérard 1761-1837, Paris 2019, cat. no. 235 P, pp. 166, 241, reproduced p. 164

Exhibited

Paris, Musee Galleria, Femmes d'Hier et d'Aujourdhui, 14-20 October 1960, no. 68

Catalogue note

In this tender depiction of a mother and her two daughters, an atmosphere of anticipation pervades the otherwise quiet and refined interior.  The mother, in a luxurious burnt orange gown, sits and carefully reads a letter while her two daughters await to hear the news.  The younger daughter comforts the elder with an arm around her back; both are dressed in fashionable white muslin dresses, straw hats tied around their arms with pink silk ribbon.  As was typical for the artist, Gérard includes a charming cat upon the footstool at lower left. 

Though Gérard is often credited with the resurgence of intimate genre scenes in the manner of seventeenth-century Dutch masters like Gabriel Metsu, by the end of the 1810s she had begun to abandon the elaborate glazing and meticulous brushstrokes of the Golden Age for a more summary treatment of textures and surfaces. Her subject matter, as well, shifted towards more contemporary scenes, both in mood and fashion.  La Correspondance Familiale, which Wells-Robertson dates to 1814-16 and Blumenfeld to 1814-18, falls precisely into this transitional stage of the artist's career.  The painting's superb condition reveals Gérard at the height of her artistic powers.