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Hippolyte-Camille Delpy

Vendange nivernaise - effet de matin

Hippolyte-Camille Delpy

Hippolyte-Camille Delpy

Vendange nivernaise - effet de matin

Vendange nivernaise - effet de matin

Hippolyte-Camille Delpy

French

1842 - 1910

Vendange nivernaiseeffet de matin


signed and dated H. C. Delpy. 76. (lower right)

oil on canvas

canvas: 51½ by 79 in.; 130.8 by 200.6 cm

framed: 60½ by 88½ in.; 153.6 by 224.7 cm

The canvas is strip lined. The paint surface is stable and in good condition. There is craquelure throughout, especially to areas of impasto. Horizontal stretcher bar impression along upper edge; vertical stretcher bar impression at left. Inverted U-shaped tear repair right of the moon, approximately 2 1/2 inches in length. Under UV light, restorations to aforementioned tear visible; further retouching to the tree at right and around the central figure particularly above his knees; small spot of retouching to upper edge above the figure.


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Sale: Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris, 25 June 2010, lot 64
Catalogue illustré du Salon, Paris 1876, p. 77, no. 615
Paris, Salon, 1876, no. 615

Painted in the year Hippolyte-Camille Delpy moved with his family to the Barbizon forest, this Salon-scale work depicts an Autumn harvesting of grapes in the Nivernais, along the Loire river, home to the white wines of Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre, either of which we may presume are being gathered here. Sancerre’s steep vineyards have a grandeur found nowhere else in the Loire. Pouilly and Sancerre conclude a soil crescent that runs from the Aube through Chablis, dominated by limestone which gives the white wines their minerality.


Delpy painted this richly-colored view of the Sancerre hills at dawn with a deep impasto, reminiscent of his contemporaries – the Impressionists. Harvesting began in the cool before the sun, unseen and only just illuminating the sky; the previous night’s near-full moon sets in the painting’s west. Some fifteen figures populate the vineyard, and the wicker basket filled with grapes, visible on the back of one of these figures, would have been emptied into the cart’s barrels. 


This was one of two paintings Delpy exhibited at the Salon of 1876. He is listed in the catalogue as a student of Corot and Daubigny, and his address is given as rue Turgot, 31.