We are grateful to Monica Enache, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Romania, for her assistance in cataloguing this work.
Painted circa 1868-1890. The work is authenticated by Virgil Cioflec on the reverse, in a note dated 22 November 1943. Cioflec (1876-1948), was a well known Romanian writer, art collector, friend and biographer of Nicolae Grigorescu, who published an extensive study of the painter's work in 1925.
Oil on board. There are scattered small spots of retouching visible under UV light, mainly in the background, and lines of hairline craquelure, notably in the dark pigments in the upper-left quadrant. This work is sold unframed. "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."