Lot 2: Charles Henri Pille French, 1844-1897 Le Bois de la Saudraie, circa 1880
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Charles Henri Pille
Le Bois de la Saudraie, circa 1880
Signed H. PILLE (lr); inscribed 93 Victor Hugo on the upper stretcher
Oil on canvas
51 3/8 x 38 1/8 inches (130.5 x 96.8 cm)
Private collection, Philadelphia, purchased before 1981
Paris, Salon, 1880, no. 3028
Frederic Henriet, Henri Pille, 1898
F. G. (Francois Guillaume) Dumas, Catalogue Illustre du Salon, Paris, 1880, p. 53, no. 3028, illus.
This work depicts an incident from Victor Hugo's last novel, Quatrevingt-treize (Ninety-three) of 1874, which takes place in France during the counter-revolutionary Chouannerie revolt in 1793. Here a young mother, Michelle Flechard, and her children are discovered hiding in a wood by "Blues" (French Republican soldiers), who take the fugitives in and protect them.
Glue lined. Frame rubbing. Scattered inpainting: upper right corner; top center; lower left corner; few spots in center and around the woman's feet. Few other small scattered spots.
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