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    Sale 7438

    19th Century European Art

    23 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    Cherubino Pata (French, 1827-1884)

    La Cascade de la Billaude, Franche Comté

    Price Realised  

    Cherubino Pata (French, 1827-1884)
    La Cascade de la Billaude, Franche Comté
    signed and dated 'C PATA 1882' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    59 x 79 7/8 in. (149.8 x 200.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1882.


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    Cherubino Pata is best known as Gustave Courbet's (see lot 40-41) most important pupil and assistant, working and travelling with his master during the last four year's of the his life.

    However Pata was also an accomplished painter in his own right. The present lot, a monumental rendition of a famous waterfall in the Jura region of France (see fig. 1), is notable not only for its size, but also for its technique, in which colour is applied with a palette knife in large blocks to the give the paint surface an almost sculptural quality, which reinforces the sense of mass projected by the huge boulders and waterfall.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION