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PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER (STAVANGER 1851-1909 SKAGEN)
PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER (STAVANGER 1851-1909 SKAGEN)
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PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER (STAVANGER 1851-1909 SKAGEN)

Men listening at a concert

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PEDER SEVERIN KRØYER (STAVANGER 1851-1909 SKAGEN)
Men listening at a concert
signed, dated and inscribed ‘S. Krøyer/ - 87/ Copenaghen/ A M. Gonse/ avec amitié/ S. Kroyer’ (lower right)
black chalk, on wove paper
11 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2 in. (29.2 x 21.7 cm)
Provenance
Gift of the artist to Louis Gonse (1846-1921), Paris.
with Arnoldi-Livie, Munich.

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Lot Essay

This drawing corresponds to the left part of one of Krøyer’s best-known paintings, now at the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (inv. NG.M.00325; see K. Halkier in Krøyer. An International Perspective, exhib. cat., Copenhagen, Den Hirschsprungske Samling, and Skagen, Skagens Museum, 2011-2012, no. 76, ill.). Dated 1886, it represents a concert given by the Neruda String Quartet, of which the members take up most of the painting at right. More than just an evocation of a musical evening in the artist’s Copenhagen studio, it can be considered a group portrait of the Danish cultural world and the artist’s circle of friends. A preparatory oil sketch with many differences is also at the Nasjonalmuseet (inv. NMK.2008.0628). Dated a year later, the drawing, on the other hand, must have made as a ricordo, and was given by the artist to Louis Gonse, editor-in-chief of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, perhaps on the occasion of the painting’s inclusion in the Paris Salon of 1887.

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