Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)

Le jardin de la Mère Toutain à Honfleur

Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
Le jardin de la Mère Toutain à Honfleur
signed 'G. Courbet' (lower left)
oil on canvas
17 x 24¼ in. (43.1 x 61.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1859-61
Anonymous sale; Paris, Monod & Stumph, 1867, lot 45.
Jules Rouff, Paris, thence by descent to
Marcel Rouff, Paris, thence by descent to
Frederic Rouff.
Madame Roubaud, thence by descent to the present owner.
Georges Riat, Gustave Courbet, Floury, 1906, p. 179.
Charles Léger, Courbet, Paris, 1929, p. 81.
Pierre Miquel, Le paysage français au XIX siècle, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1975, vol. III, p. 720.
R. Fernier, La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, Paris, 1978, vol. II, p. 321.
Rond-Point de l'Alma, Expositions des oeuvres de M. G. Courbet, 1867, no. 45, as Paysage de mer.

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Lot Essay

Although not illustrated in Fernier, it is the opinion of Sarah Faunce that this work is most likely Le jardin de la Mère Toutain à Honfleur (Fernier, p. 321).

This painting was executed by Courbet during a trip he made with the writer, poet and musician Alexandre Schanne in 1859 from Paris to Le Havre, where he met fellow artist Eugene Boudin. Boudin introduced Courbet to Claude Monet and it was Boudin who found a place for Courbet and Schanne to stay on the Saint Simeon farm, close to Honfleur, where M. Toutain owned an inn. It was there that Courbet executed this charming work.

We are grateful to Sarah Faunce for confirming the authenticity of this painting.

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