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La claire-voie, Menton

La claire-voie, Menton
signed and erroneously dated by the artist 'F. VALLOTTON. 24' (lower left)
oil on canvas
28 ¾ x 21 ¼ in. (73 x 54 cm.)
Painted in 1925
The artist's estate.
Jacques Rodrigues-Henriques, Paris, by descent from the above.
R.L. Baker, London, by 1954.
The Adams Gallery, London.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 May 1959, lot 99.
Mr Tournay, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Galerie Vallotton, Lausanne, by 1960.
Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, by 1988.
Anonymous sale, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, 6 November 1992, lot 2759.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
F. Vallotton, Livre de raison, no. 1544 (titled 'Paysage à Menton, une claire-voie au centre dentre deux hauts murs, en haut maison jaune et oliviers').
H. Hahnloser-Bühler, Félix Vallotton et ses amis, Paris, 1936, no. 1544, p. 334.
M. Ducrey & K. Poletti, Félix Vallotton, l'œuvre peint, Catalogue raisonné, vol. III,1910-1925, Zurich & Lausanne, 2005, no. 1643, p. 851 (illustrated).
Paris, Galerie Druet, Exposition annuelle 1er groupe, January - February 1926, no. 42 (titled 'La claire-voie').
Lausanne, Galerie Vallotton, Hommage à Félix Vallotton, July - October 1965, no. 18.
Lausanne, Galerie Vallotton, Félix Vallotton, May 1985, no. 26 (illustrated).
Geneva, Musée de l'Athénée, Félix Vallotton, July - September 1991, no. 19 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

This atmospheric painting by Félix Vallotton shows the winter in Southern France, where the painter was often drawn to during the winter months from as early as 1905, when spent six weeks in Nice. In November 1920 he travelled for the first time for four months to Cagnes, where he furnished a studio for himself. From Cagnes he undertook different excursions in the subsequent years to nearby localities, including Menton. He visited the pictorial small town close to the border with Italy at the beginning of January 1925. In addition to the present work, Cagnes is the subject of four further paintings from this time. La claire-voie, Menton bears the erroneous date of 1924, the work clearly appears in the artist's handlist as being created during 1925. Vallotton did not add his signature and date to the work until December 1925, in preparation for it to be shown at an exhibition of his works at the Galerie Druet the following year, shortly before his death.

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