Lot 1: Claude Monet, L'Enfant à la tasse, portrait de Jean Monet, Oil
December 16, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
"Oil on canvas, relined
France, Etretat, 1868
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Signed and dated lower left ‘C. Monet 68’
Catalogue raisonné: Wildenstein, 1996, Vol II, No. 131
Dimensions: 46 x 33 cm
Golden stucco frame: 66 x 52 cm
Provenance: Owned by a friend of Monet in Le Havre, who returned it to him in 1883; Auction Paris, Drouot, November 14 1924, No. 80 (Dauthon); Mme Colombel, Paris; Knoedler; Jaques Dubourg, Paris; Hunt Henderson, New Orleans; Auction London, Christie's, 3rd December 1974, no. 45 (withdrawn); Auction London, Christie's 29 June 1976, no. 231; Charles Henderson, New Orleans
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The painting presented here depicts the portrait of a child in three-quarters profile, sitting at a table on which a cup is placed. It is a portrait of Camille Doncieux’s and Claude Monet's first son Jean, who was born in August 1867. His first wife Camille and his second wife Alice often served as models in Monet's paintings, which he captured in bright colors and loose brushwork. In the early decades Claude Monet's financial situation was consistently difficult, his paintings were often rejected in the salons. In 1868 Monet spent some time in Etretat and Fécamp, where he received commissions by the shipowner and patron M. Gaudibert that allowed him a certain income. It was during this time in Etretat when our painting with the portrait of Jean Monet originated. The early works of the artist - until the mid-1860s - is characterized by a realistic style of painting. It was also during the 1860s when the figure is often present in his works. Monet uses unusually blunt, vigorous brushstrokes to capture the portrait of Jean, focusing on the lively tones of the child’s head, which is therefor particularly prominent before the subtle, earthy background.
Daniel Wildenstein: Monet. Catalogue Raisonné - Werkverzeichnis. Vol. II, No. I-968, Taschen, 1996, No. 131, p. 63 (fig.);
Daniel Wildenstein: Claude Monet. Biographie et Catalogue Raisonné, 1974, pp. 176-177 (fig.);
Cf. Claude Monet, Exhibition Catalog, Stadthalle Balingen, 18.6.-31.8.1992, p.26 ff.
Overall slight craquelure. Selective retouching within the representation visible under UV-Light, otherwise overall of very good impression. The image dimensions are 46 x 33 cm, the frame dimensions 66 x 52 cm.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Monet was born in Paris in 1840. He received the first painting lessons from Eugène Boudin, who introduced him to the Plein-air painting. He further studied with the Dutch landscape painter Johan Jongkind (1819-1891). In various studios around Paris Monet made the acquaintance with the painters such as Auguste Renoir, Sisley and Bazille. He also spent some time in Fontainebleau, where he painted mostly plein-air. In the 1860s he met Courbet and Eduard Manet. Along with Edgar Degas, Manet, Camille Pissarro, Renoir, and others Monet co-organized an independent exhibition entitled ‘Impression: SunriseSeine’ in 1874. His first successful and comprehensive exhibition took place at the Salle Petit in 1889. During the mid-1880s Monet rented a house in Giverny, where he created his most famous water lily paintings. The artist mostly finds his subjects in the surrounding areas, painting landscapes and portraits including friends and family.
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