13 November 2007
GUSTAVE LE GRAY (1820-1884)
Le Soleil Couronné -- Océan, 1856
red ink facsimile signature stamp on recto; numbered 'No.13,421.', embossed credit stamp and paper supplier's monogram 'EB' [Ernest Binant], printed label with title and negative number 'No.21' on mount
12¾ x 16 3/8in. (32.3 x 41.1cm.)
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Aubenas et al., Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884, Bibliothèque national de France, 2002, p.111, pl.131, no.119.
Janis remarks: 'If there is some confusion regarding the exact time of day (for here too the effect is like a theatrical sunset, not high noon), Le Gray maintained a strong degree of intimacy with the landscape as a whole. Even in these large and dramatic prints, we feel united across space with the little boats whose perfectly rendered forms seem to beckon us into halcyon infinities beyond the horizon' (p.81).
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