Louis-Gabriel-Eugène Isabey (French, 1803-1886)
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Louis-Gabriel-Eugène Isabey (French, 1803-1886)

A bridge with travellers crossing a torrent in the Pyrenees

Details
Louis-Gabriel-Eugène Isabey (French, 1803-1886)
A bridge with travellers crossing a torrent in the Pyrenees
signed with initials 'E.I.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
48 ¾ x 34 in. (123.8 x 91.5 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, 2 April 1987.
Private collection, U.S.A.
Anonymous sale; Rosebery's, London, 1 December 2015, lot 685.
Acquired at the above sale by present owner.
Literature
P. Miquel, Eugène Isabey, 1803-1886: la marine au XIXe siècle, Maurs-La-Jolie, 1980, p. 232, no. 1349 (illustrated) as Pont de bois avec personnages audessus d'un torrent de montage (Pyrénées).

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Lot Essay

Eugène Isabey dominated marine painting in France during the July Monarchy (1830-1848) and directly linked the British Romantics to the proto-Impressionist Boudin and Jongkind. He travelled to London in 1820 and 1825 and was greatly influenced by the work of Turner and his travelling companion Richard Parkes Bonington. The dramatic setting and energy of the present painting clearly shows the influence of Turner and was conceived during the artist’s séjourn to the Pyrenees in November 1856. A smaller study for this painting is in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau.

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