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    Sale 12143

    19th Century European Art

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    Jules Eugène Pages (American, 1867-1946)

    Sur le zinc

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    Jules Eugène Pages (American, 1867-1946)
    Sur le zinc
    signed 'Jules Pagès' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    66 x 86 in. (167.6 x 218.4 cm.)

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    Though born in San Francisco, Jules Pages would come to spend the majority of his career working and living in France. The artist first came to Paris in 1888, where he studied at the Académie Julian under Jules Lefebvre, Benjamin Constant and Tony-Robert Fleury. He would eventually become an instructor at the Académie in his own right, the first American to hold such an honor. Through he lived in Paris for 40 years, Pages returned often to San Francisco to exhibit, and his work was well-known and well-regarded both in France and in the United States. Pages was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1910 and it was the outbreak of the Second World War which forced him to return to the United States, where he remained the rest of his life.


    The artist.
    James D. Phelan (1861-1930), San Francisco, acquired directly from the above.
    By whom gifted to the present owner, 17 February 1906.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a West Coast Institution


    'Park Officers are Re-Elected,' The San Francisco Call, 20 January 1906, p. 9.
    'Board of Park Commissioners Hold Meeting in San Francisco,' Oakland Tribune, 20 January 1906, p. 12.
    'Plan to Enrich Park Museum,' The San Francisco Call, 8 February 1906, p. 9.
    'Tang of Spring in Air Calls Out Crowds,' San Francisco Chronicle, 11 February 1906.
    Another Gift to the Park,' The San Francisco Call, 19 February 1906, p. 9.
    Pacific Town Talk, 24 February 1906.
    'New Attraction in Museum at Park,' San Francisco Chronicle, 5 March 1906, p. 7.
    M. Doyle, 'Picture Galleries Will Delight Art Lovers' Eyes,' The San Francisco Call, 3 April 1910, p. 34.
    M. Driscoll, The M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, Story of its foundation and the objects of its founder. Description of its various galleries. Brief sketches of the most notable exhibits with accounts of their origin, San Francisco, 1921, pp. 25, 37-38.
    H. B. Weinberg, The Lure of Paris: Nineteenth-Century American Painters and Their French Teachers, New York, 1991, pp. 76-77, illustrated.


    Paris, Salon, 1 May 1905, no. 1434.
    Paris, League of American Artists, June 1905.
    San Francisco, San Francisco Institute of Art, Spring Exhibition, 8 April - 4 May 1910.
    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park Memorial Museum, First Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by California Artists, 1915, no. 119.
    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park Memorial Museum, Second Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by California Artists, 1916, no. 133.
    Stockton, CA, Raymond College, University of the Pacific, April 1964.