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Jean-Baptiste Pillement

A shipwreck on a rocky coast during a storm; A shipwreck on a coast during a storm, a lighthouse beyond

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Jean-Baptiste Pillement

Jean-Baptiste Pillement

A shipwreck on a rocky coast during a storm; A shipwreck on a coast during a storm, a lighthouse beyond

A shipwreck on a rocky coast during a storm; A shipwreck on a coast during a storm, a lighthouse beyond

Estimate:

30,000

to
- 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

30,240

USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Jean-Baptiste Pillement

Lyon 1728 - 1808

A shipwreck on a rocky coast during a storm;

A shipwreck on a coast during a storm, a lighthouse beyond


the first signed and dated lower left: Jean . PillementL'An 5. R.

both pastel on gessoed canvas

pastel sight size, each: 18 1/2 by 25 in.; 47 by 63.5 cm.

framed, each: 26 1/4 by 32 1/2 in.; 66.7 by 82.6 cm. 

2

With John Mitchell and Son, London;
From whom acquired, May 1999.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Eighteenth Century Pastels, 6 August to 29 December 2013, no. 1. 
Originally from Lyon, Pillement led a peripatetic life which took him from Portugal to Warsaw and from Austria to Italy. His marines generally date from the 1780s, a period in which he blended strong but subtle colors to depict the movement of the sea and in which he became increasingly interested in the mood which the weather could impart on landscapes, as in the present works. The traditional title of the pair, Les naufrages au Portugal links them to the artist's time in Portugal, though the topography of the coastlines is difficult to identify.  The exceptional condition of these pastels allow us to fully appreciate the artist's freedom of brushstroke.