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Gustave van de Woestyne

Hij die luistert (He Who Listens)

Property from a European Private Collection

Gustave van de Woestyne

Gustave van de Woestyne

Hij die luistert (He Who Listens)

Hij die luistert (He Who Listens)

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Property from a European Private Collection

Gustave van de Woestyne

1881 - 1947

Hij die luistert (He Who Listens)


signed Gve VAN DE WOESTYNE (lower right)

oil on canvas

70.5 by 60cm., 27¾ by 23⅝in.

Framed: 95 by 85cm., 37⅜ by 33½in.

Painted in 1926.


The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Piet Boyens.

The canvas is lined and the edges are taped. Inspection under UV light reveals a milky varnish through which UV light cannot fully penetrate but does reveal some lines of retouching including to the upper edge, the man's hair and his right proper shoulder with a few further minor spots and lines elsewhere. There are surface accretions in places. There are fine lines of craquelure to the composition with some associated retouching. There is some historic frame abrasion and gold gilt to the extreme edges. This work is in overall good condition.


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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

Galerij Oscar De Vos, Belgium
Private Collection, Belgium (acquired in 1982)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Antwerp, Kunst van Heden, Tentoonstelling van Antwerpsche kunstenaars, 1928
Deinze, Belgium, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Gustave van de Woestyne, 1997, no. 63, illustrated in colour in the catalogue (titled Boer bij de kerk and as dating from circa 1928)
Ghent, Museum van Schone Kunsten Ghent, Gustave van de Woestyne, 2010, no. 128, illustrated in the catalogue