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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 101

    Follower of Pierre Paul Prud'hon

    Le bain de Flore

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    Follower of Pierre Paul Prud'hon
    Le bain de Flore
    oil on canvas
    51 x 38¼ in. (129.5 x 97 cm.)


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    The present painting relates to Prud'hon's unfinished Venus at the bath (Louvre, Paris), and was until recently known to scholars only through Gigoux's engraving. That in turn must have been based on a now-lost drawing, as it exhibits minor differences in both the figures and landscape. A study in black and white chalk on blue paper for the figure of the nude woman is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    (Probably) with Duclos, by 1876.
    Vincent-Claude Laurent-Richard; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 28-29 May 1886, lot 38, from where purchased by
    Eugène Féral.
    Edouard Latil; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 14 December 1931, lot 32, as 'School of Prud'hon'.
    Sabatier d'Espeyran, Montpellier.


    Pre-Lot Text

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    Literature

    E. de Goncourt, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé de P.P. Prud'hon, Paris, 1876, p. 101, note 1, as 'a doubtful copy'.
    J. Guiffrey, L'Oeuvre de P.-P. Prud'hon, Paris, 1924, p. 66, under no. 178, as 'attributed to Prud'hon'.
    P. Rosenberg, et al., French Paintings 1500-1825: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, 1987, pp. 257-9, as an 'unfinished variant' related to versions at the Louvre and the De Young Museums.
    S. Laveissière, Prud'hon ou le rêve de bonheur, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1997, p. 250, note 1, under no. 180, as 'seems not to have been painted by Prud'hon'.


    Exhibited

    Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Exposition des oeuvres de Prud'hon, May 1874, p. 149, no. 511.