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    Sale 12071

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    13 May 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1331

    Albert Marquet (1875-1947)

    Bateaux à Triel

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    Albert Marquet (1875-1947)
    Bateaux à Triel
    stamped with signature 'marquet' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. (65 x 81 cm.)
    Painted in July-August 1931

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming volume of the catalogue critique of Albert Marquet’s paintings being prepared by the Wildenstein Institute.

    Marquet rented a house with his wife, Marcelle, in the picturesque village of Triel, Seine-et-Oise during the summer of 1931. Located on the banks of the Seine, 35 kilometers outside of Paris, Triel offered the artist an opportunity to spend his days observing the boats which populated the river. In the present work, the artist looks downstream from the side of the river, depicting sailboats large and small which contain both boaters of leisure and fisherman at work. All of the boats exist in harmony together on the sun-drenched passage of the river. Here Marquet expertly captures the play of light on the water with contrasting shades of grey and white interspersed with short strokes of blues. Long lines of green capture the effect of the lush vegetation surrounding the river reflecting off the calm water.
    The series of landscapes painted that summer at Triel–one of which, La Seine à Triel, 1931 is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago–create an invitation to voyage and drift along the leisurely flow of the river. These views are characterized by their vast skies, their soft, calm horizon lines, and Impressionistic handling. As his friend and contemporary, Marcel Sembat, has remarked, “No artist has the same relationship with light as Marquet. It is as if he owned it. He possesses the secret of a pure and intense light which fills all the sky with its uniform and colorless glow. Above the mud, the stagnant waters, the glistening stones, the smoke of railroad stations, an immense sky stretches with no blue, no azure, but how luminous! Luminous as daylight itself and so transparent that a painting by Marquet gives the impression of a large window being opened onto the outside...” (quoted in Marquet, exh. cat., Le Plessis, 1985, p. 6).

    (fig. 1) The artist working in his garden.


    Estate of the artist.
    Private collection, Paris (by descent from the above).
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1986.


    Albert Marquet, Les bords de Seine de Paris à la côte normande, exh. cat., Musée Tavet-Delacour, Pontoise, 2013, p. 81 (illustrated in color).


    Belgrade, Narodni Muzej, Albert Marquet, June 1960, no. 18 (illustrated).
    New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., Marquet, May 1964, no. 38 (illustrated in color; dated 1932).
    Kunstverein in Hamburg, Albert Marquet, Gemälde, Pastelle, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, November 1964-January 1965, no. 70 (illustrated, pl. 76).
    Honfleur, Salles d'Exposition du Grenier à Sel, A. Marquet, de Paris à la mer, July-August 1966, no. 9 (titled Triel, Colline).
    New York, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Albert Marquet, April-May 1985, p. 97 (illustrated, p. 60).
    Lausanne, Fondation de l'Hermitage, Albert Marquet, February-May 1988, p. 193, no. 68 (illustrated in color).
    Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Fine Arts; Nagoya, Matsuzakaya Museum; Nara, Sogo Museum of Art and Ibaraka, Museum of Modern Art, Albert Marquet, September 1991-February 1992, p. 76, no. 51 (illustrated in color).
    Musée de Lodève, Marquet, June-November 1998, p. 168, no. 54 (illustrated in color, p. 169).
    Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Marquet, Vues de Paris et de L'Ile-de-France, October 2004-January 2005, p. 70, no. 55 (illustrated in color).