Lot 128: Adrien Dauzats (Bordeaux 1804-1868 Paris)
IMPORTANT OLD MASTER PAINTINGS
January 24, 2003
New York, NY, USA
Description: Jerusalem, a view of the city walls with the Gate of Jaffa and the Tower of David signed and inscribed 'offert Mont-Gau./A.Dauzats' (lower right, and inscribed 'Porte de Damas … JERUSALEM' (lower left) oil on canvas 13 x 16 in. (33 x 40.6 cm.) PROVENANCE with Wheelock, Whitney and Co., New York. LITERATURE G. Plessier, Adrien Dauzats ou la tentation de l'Orient, Catalogue raisonn‚ de l'oeuvre peint, Bordeaux, 1990, p. 40, no 7, illustrated. EXHIBITION New York, Wheelock Whitney and Co., Nineteenth-Century European Paintings, 27 October-25 November 1987, no. 12. Ornans, Mus‚e Departmental Gustave Courbet, Les Orientalistes chez Courbet, 23 June - 1 October 2002, no. 20. NOTES The artist belongs to the first generation of orientalist painters. In 1829, he took part in an expedition to Egypt, headed by the Baron Taylor, in order to organize the shipment to Paris of the Luxor Obelisque. From Egypt, he visited Syria and Palestine in July 1830. He brought back from his journey numerous sketches, which he re-used throughout his career. He also wrote a book on the journey, Quinze Jours au Sinai, with the participation of Alexandre Dumas. In a letter to his brother (at present in the Institut N‚‚rlandais, Paris), he relates the strong impression which the Holy City had made on him : Jerusalem... la Sainte..., de hautes murailles cr‚nel‚es, des tours massives, carr‚es, … l'aspect imposant et grandiose. At the top of the letter, Dauzats also sketched the same view as in the present picture. The artist probably painted this picture in the years following his return from the Middle East, as G. Plessier noted, pointing out its small scale, its monochromic style and the importance of the sky in the picture. A finished drawing of this scene was engraved in lithograph by Edward Finden. SALESROOM NOTICE Please note the canvas is unlined.