27 June 2000
Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) and Cherubino Pata (1827-1899)
Paysage suisse au pommier en fleurs
signed 'G. Courbet' (lower right)
oil on canvas
18¼ x 21¾ in. (46.6 x 55.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1876
Acquired by the late owner circa 1960.
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Jean-Jacques Fernier has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this painting.
The present work, dating from Courbet's final period of exile in Switzerland, most likely depicts a scene in the region of Gruyère or Interlaken.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately