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    Sale 1984

    19th Century European Art

    8 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 60

    Cherubino Pata (Swiss, 1827-1899)

    Forteresse sur une colline, Algerie

    Price Realised  

    Cherubino Pata (Swiss, 1827-1899)
    Forteresse sur une colline, Algerie
    signed and dated '88 C. PATA' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    19 x 23½ in. (48.3 x 59.7 cm.)
    Painted in 1888.


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    Cherubino Pata is best known as Gustave Courbet's most important pupil and assistant, working and traveling with the master during the last four years of his life.

    Pata was also an accomplished painter in his own right. The present lot, which is reminiscent of the great seascapes and coastal scenes of Courbet, is executed in the same robust style, with the broad brushstrokes and dark ground which is so characteristic of the master.

    The present lot has been authenticated by Jean-Jacques Fernier.