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    Sale 1984

    19th Century European Art

    8 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41

    Georges Croegaert (Belgian, 1848-1923)

    Enjoying the Fruits of the Spirit

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Georges Croegaert (Belgian, 1848-1923)
    Enjoying the Fruits of the Spirit
    signed and inscribed 'GEORGES CROEGAERT PARIS' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    10½ x 8½ in. (26.7 x 21.6 cm.)


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    Born in Antwerp in 1848, Georges Croegaert received his earliest academic training at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1876, the artist moved to Paris where he spent the remainder of his life painting portraits and interior scenes. In Paris, he adopted van Beer's realism in representing women and became a rival of Francois Brunery and Jean Georges Vibert for the reputation as the leading artist in the specific genre of Cardinal paintings.

    Enjoying the Fruits of the Spirit is a superb demonstration of Croegaert's technical virtuosity. Every detail is meticulously delineated, even the tapestry in the background, which a lesser artist would have blurrred. Croegaert enhances the reality of the scene by having the cardinal jovially invite the viewer to join him in his repast.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN