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Jules Féral, Paris.
Galerie F. Kleinberger, Paris, d'où acquis par Gabriel Fodor.
Collection Gabriel et Madeleine Fodor, Paris, puis par descendance au propriétaire actuel.
COLLECTION D'UN AMATEUR (LOTS 59-61)
U. Middeldorf, 'Eine Tiepolo, Austellung in Chicago', Panthéon, 21, 1938, p. 146, fig. p. 141, ill.
M. Goering, in Thieme-Becker, Leipzig, 1939, p. 161.
A. Morassi, Tiepolo, Bergame, 1943, p. 39, ill.
A. Morassi, Tiepolo, Bergame, 1950, p. 40, ill.
G. de Logu, Tiepolo, Bergame, 1951, p. 16, no. 40, ill.
F. Fosca, Les Grands Siècles de la peinture, le dix-huitième siècle. De Watteau à Tiepolo, Genève, 1952, p. 87, ill. (comme 'Gianbattista Tiepolo').
M. Precerutti-Garberi, 'Asterischi sull'attività di Domenico Tiepolo a Würzburg', Commentari, 11, 1960, p. 278-279, fig. 14, ill.
A. Morassi, A complete catalogue of the paintings of Gian Battista Tiepolo, Londres, 1962, p. 41, ill.
R. Palluchini, in Arte Veneta, 1971, p. 320.
A. Mariuz, Giandomenico Tiepolo, Venise, 1971, p. 133, fig. 309, ill.
A. M. Gealt-G. Knox, Domenico Tiepolo, a New Testament, Bloomington, 2006, p. 766 (sous le no. 137).
Detroit, The Art Institute, Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by the Tiepolos, 1938, no. 27 (comme 'Giambattista Tiepolo').
Londres, Matthiesen Galleries, Exhibition of Venetian paintings and drawings held in aid of Lord Baldwin's fund for refugees, 1939, no. 59, ill. (comme 'Giambattista Tiepolo').
Venise, Giardini della Biennale, Mostra del Tiepolo, 1951, no. 102, ill. (comme 'Giambattista Tiepolo').
Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Tiepolo et Guardi dans les collections françaises, 1952, no. 49, fig. 27, ill.
Bordeaux, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, De Tiepolo à Goya, 1956, no. 57, fig. 23, ill (comme 'Giambattista Tiepolo').
Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, Venise au XVIIIème siècle, 1971, no. 289, ill.
Post Lot Text
CHRIST STILLING THE TEMPEST, OIL ON CANVAS, BY GIOVANNI DOMENICO TIEPOLO
This painting is part of a series of bozzetti on the Life of Christ executed by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo after his return from Spain, circa 1775-1785 according to the specialists Morassi and Mariuz. This group, long attributed to Gianbattista Tiepolo, was described by Mariuz as 'uno stile scarabocchiato, di straordinaria immediatezza, quasi-rembrandtiano'.
Besides the present painting, this ensemble comprises:
- Christ at the Tiberiad Lake, 48 x 58 cm., formerly in Jules Strauss collection in Paris, then with Agnew's London in 1971 (Mariuz, op. cit., p. 121, ill., fig. 310), which is the pendant to our painting;
- Christ and the adulterious woman and Christ healing the blind from Jericho, a pair, 48 x 56,5 cm., formerly with Sedelmeyer in Paris and later in the Kertsen W. von Schenck collection in Landsberg (Mariuz, op. cit., p. 120, ill., fig. 306 and 307);
- Christ healing a possessed man, 48 x 57 cm., which was in the Nemes collection sale in Munich, 16 June 1942, lot 42 (Mariuz, op. cit., p. 127, ill., fig. 308).
- Christ and the Centurion, 47 x 57 cm. recorded by Morassi as in a private collection in Lausanne (Morassi, op. cit, p. 127).
Four paintings from the group were in France at least until 1950. The Fodor painting has always been highly praised by commentators in the various exhibition catalogues or books on the artist:
'tra le cose le più stupefacenti che ho avuto la fortuna di vedede è questo bozzetto, la più alta ed emotiva parola del maestro' (De Logu, 1951); 'one of the most impressive masterpieces by him'(Morassi, 1962); 'Christ calming the Tempest shows that Gian Domenico Tiepolo, like his father, which he equals in such works, is not only the virtuoso of ceiling decorations, but also a great history painter, treating a Religious subject with strength and emotion' (exhib. cat. Paris, Orangerie, 1971).
The subject is taken from the New Testament (Saint Matthew, 14:22-23) and relates how Christ convinced Peter to walk with him on the sea during a storm. The moment here depicted is just after that episode when Saint Peter goes back to the disciples' embarkation and Christ raises his hand to still the sea.
A drawing on the same subject by Gian Domenico Tiepolo is in the Louvre.
This painting was chosen to illustrate a calendar on the theme of the sea in 1961
We are grateful for Mrs Adelheid Gealt and George Knox for their help in cataloguing this lot.