Property from the Collection of Ber van der Molen
1882 - 1960
signed Herbin (lower right)
oil on canvas
46 by 55cm., 18⅛ by 21⅝in.
Framed: 69.5 by 78.5cm., 27⅜ by 30⅞in.
Painted in 1906.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the late Geneviève Claisse.
The canvas is not lined. Inspection under UV light reveals some scattered small retouchings throughout the composition, most of which relate to paint losses and some lines of retouching with relate to two repairs (visible on the reverse) and a line of craquelure (possibly caused by a minor impact). There are some fine lines of craquelure in places and some paint shrinkage, largely in the main tree branches. There is some light surface dirt. This work is in overall good condition and has a lovely rich impasto surface.
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