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Eugène Fromentin

The Charge

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

Eugène Fromentin

Eugène Fromentin

The Charge

The Charge

Property from a Distinguished American Collection (Lots 1-21)

Eugène Fromentin

French

1820 - 1876

The Charge


signed Eug. Fromentin lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 61 by 42cm., 24 by 16½in.

Framed: 80 by 61cm., 31½ by 24in.

The canvas has been lined and is providing a strong and stable support to the paint surface. There is some very minor rubbing to the upper right framing edge otherwise the work is in very good condition, ready to hang. Examination under ultra-violet light reveals retouching to the upper left corner, right sky and to the upper right framing edges. There is a tiny spot to the back leg of the horse on the left, some flecks to the horse on the right and to the right leg of the central figure and a few flecks elsewhere.


"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."

Bethel Henry Strousberg, Berlin, 1876
M.E. Secretan, Paris, 1889
George I. Seney, American Art Association, 1891
Mrs. Jacob H. Schiff, New York, 1933
Sale: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 23 February 1955, lot 24
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 13 October 1999, lot 162
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

New York, Loan Exhibition of the Educational Alliance, 1897
Fromentin made his first visit to Algeria secretly, in 1846, to attend a wedding. Returning twice to North Africa, he built a successful career as an Orientalist painter and was a frequent contributor to the Paris Salon. The vivid drama of The Charge is characteristic of Fromentin's later work, which often celebrates galloping horses.