• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 347

    Simon-Joseph-Alexander-Clément Denis (Flemish, 1755-1813)

    View of Monticelli, near Tivoli


    Simon-Joseph-Alexander-Clément Denis (Flemish, 1755-1813)
    View of Monticelli, near Tivoli
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Monticeli pres de Tivoly, /Le temps qui s'eclairer, peu a peu, après l'orage, Sn Denis. 71.' (on the reverse)
    oil on paper
    12¼ x 17¼ in. (31 x 44 cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Not long after his arrival in Rome, Denis's work gained notice in the Roman newspaper Giornale per le belle arti when in 1787 a journalist wrote a long article in praise of one of his landscapes, noting Denis's ability to render effects of light and his convincing observation of detail. With his open-air studies of the Roman Campagna, Denis followed Valenciennes's example in favoring little known aspects of the region and in making his overriding interest the atmospheric effect of nature on the environment. To capture these effects he worked outside in all possible conditions of season, light and weather, and painted quickly and freely to capture nature's changing effects (see Jeremy Strick in the catalogue of the exhibition, In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting, Washington, National Gallery of Art, May 26-Sept. 2, 1996, pp. 145-9).

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 29 January 1998, lot 26, where acquired by the present owner.