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Lot 50: Theodore Robinson American, 1852-1896 Moyen-AgePlatinum House
February 6, 2013
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Signed Th Robinson (ll)
Oil on canvas laid down to board
9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Brand Galleries, Los Angeles
Private collection, LA, 1978
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of Theodore Robinson by Sona Johnston and Ira Spanierman.
A central figure in the Anglo-American artists' colony in Giverny, France, in the late 1880s and 1890s, Robinson was among few American artists to befriend Claude Monet, and his association with the noted French Impressionist was enduring. On long stays in the Normandy town, Robinson made regular visits to Monet's home and studio, and mentioned Monet often in his diaries. Deriving influence from the French painter, Robinson developed a singular approach to the Impressionist style, lightening his palette and loosening his brushwork, while maintaining a concern for structured compositions and realistic interpretations of nature. His aesthetic can be seen in Moyen-Age, an image of a young woman in a medieval costume, posed at the summit of Les Bruyeres, the line of hills rising directly behind Giverny. Robinson referenced another image of this subject in his diary, stating on January 23, 1893: "Worked on little 'Moyen-age' girl in red picking a flower." He also created a related watercolor, dated 1889 (Baur, no. 309).
C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art
Frame rubbing, with some corresponding light touches of inpaint. There is some very minor touches of inpaint in the sky. There is a small touch of inpaint in the girl's nose and a small touch on her hand. There is some possible inpaint in the grass in the lower right quadrant. There is no further restoration visible under UV light.
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