• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 32

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    La Cascade: a rocky hillside with a peasant woman and child near a waterfall and boys resting by a blasted tree

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    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    La Cascade: a rocky hillside with a peasant woman and child near a waterfall and boys resting by a blasted tree
    oil on canvas
    36 x 57¼ in. (91.5 x 145.4 cm.)


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    The figure of the girl was evidently inspired by the similar figure in François Boucher's La Route du Marché of 1770 (Ananoff, op. cit., no. 690, illustrated; sold, Christie's, Rome, 26 November 1986, lot 60); it was adapted by Robert for several paintings and a drawing now at Valence (Carlson, loc. cit., illustrated; J. de Cayeux, Les Hubert Robert de la Collection Veyrenc au Musée de Valence, 1985, pp. 274-275, illustrated in color p. 64). For another instance of Robert borrowing figures from Boucher, see the catalogue of the exhibition, François Boucher, New York-Detroit-Paris, 1986-7, p. 119.

    A smaller picture of a related composition in reverse, La Petite Cascade, was in the Professor Thomas Bodkin sale, Sotheby's, London, 11 November 1959, lot 63, illustrated.

    Mr. Joseph Baillio will include this picture in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Hubert Robert, being prepared with the assistance of the Wildenstein Institute.

    Provenance

    Dr. G.H. N[eumans or Neher]; sale, Lair-Dubreuil, Paris, 29 May 1908, lot 45 (6,200 FF).
    with Wildenstein, Paris.
    Bron Chatelperon, Paris.
    Mme. W.H.R.B., Geneva, 1954.
    with Cailleux, Paris, 1957.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 December 1993, lot 59.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 26 October 2001, lot 321.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTOR


    Literature

    P.J. Nolhac, Hubert Robert, Paris, 1910, p. 161.
    J. Cailleux, 'Robert à pris son modelé sur Boucher', Connaissance des Arts, October 1959, p. 105.
    A. Ananoff, François Boucher, Lausanne, 1976, II, pp. 313-314, fig. 1792 (detail).
    V. Carlson, Hubert Robert, Drawings and Watercolors, exhibition catalogue, Washington, 1978, p. 106.


    Exhibited

    Geneva, Musée Rath, Trésors de Collections Romandes, 26 June-3 October 1954, no. 49.
    Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Hubert Robert-Louis Moreau, 26 November-20 December 1957, no. 12, as dating to c. 1770-5.
    Paris, Galerie Cailleiux, Hommage à Hubert Robert, 25 May-10 June 1967, no. 7.