24 January 2008
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Grasse 1732-1806 Paris)
Cypresses by a fence with a statue on a pedestal nearby
9¼ x 7 1/8 in. (235 x 181 mm.)
M. Marignane (L. 1872).
With O. Wertheimer, 1944.
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A. Ananoff, L'oeuvre dessiné de Fragonard, IV, Paris, 1970, no. 2385, fig. 600.
Berne, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Fragonard, 1954, no. 69 (as Groupe d'arbres dans un parc).
Most likely sketched on site during the artist's second trip to Italy 1773-74. A comparable grouping of cypresses with a fence and a statue on a pedestal can be seen in a fully developed wash drawing from the same period entitled Roman park with cypresses in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. 12737); (A. Ananoff, op. cit. p. 105, no. 2216, fig. 583).
We are grateful to Eunice Williams for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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