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    Sale 5979

    Old Master, 19th Century and British Drawings and Watercolours

    9 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 676 A

    Odilon Redon (Bordeaux 1840-1916 Paris)

    A fishing boat, after Eugène Isabey

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    Odilon Redon (Bordeaux 1840-1916 Paris)
    A fishing boat, after Eugène Isabey
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Odilon Redon d'après Isabey 1859'
    black chalk, watercolour, gum arabic
    13 x 17¾ in. (33 x 45 cm.)

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    A very early drawing, executed when the artist was only nineteen years old. It is unfortunately not possible to relate this copy to any known work by Eugène Isabey, although the motif of a fishing boat beached at low tide appears frequently in his marine paintings (for example, P. Miquel, Eugène Isabey 1803-1886: La marine au XIXe siècle, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1980, nos. 486, 1117, 1184 and 1209). Although it seems likely that Isabey's original picture is now lost, a picture by him entitled Barques à marée basse, signed and dated 1859, was sold in the Stumpf sale, Paris, 27 November 1894, lot 27 (Miquel, op. cit., no. 308, not illustrated). It is likely that the picture which Redon copied was executed circa 1859, in order for it to have been exhibited at that time.

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    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 5 December 1985, lot 503.


    A. Wildenstein, Odilon Redon: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné, Paris, 1998, IV, p. 44, no. 2041.


    Paris, galerie Druet, Exposition d'oeuvres d'Odilon Redon (1840-1916), peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins, lithographies, eaux-fortes, art décoratif, June 1923, no. 116.