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Charles F. de Lacroix (1700 - 1782)

Lot 11: CHARLES-FRANÇOIS GRENIER DE LACROIX, CALLED LACROIX DE MARSEILLE MARSEILLE CIRCA 1700 - 1782

Sotheby's

July 5, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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CHARLES-FRANÇOIS GRENIER DE LACROIX, CALLED LACROIX DE MARSEILLE MARSEILLE CIRCA 1700 - 1782 BERLIN A MEDITERRANEAN HARBOUR WITH A LIGHTHOUSE AND FISHERMEN IN THE FOREGROUND; A LANDSCAPE WITH A CAPRICCIO VIEW OF TIVOLI WITH THE TEMPLE OF VESTA AND A WATERFALL, FISHERMEN AND WOMEN CONVERSING IN THE FOREGROUND

a pair, both signed and dated, the former lower left: De Lacroix./ 1768 and the latter centre left: De Lacroix/ 1768

both oil on canvas, in painted ovals

Quantity: 2

CATALOGUE NOTE

A similar rocky outpost and lighthouse to those in the former of the pair also appear in an earlier painting by Lacroix de Marseille, dated 1759, in the Palazzo Ducale, Colorno (Parma) (reproduced in L. Salerno, I pittori di vedute in Italia (1580-1830), Rome 1991, p. 154, fig. 42.4). The capriccio view of Tivoli with the Temple of Vesta and waterfall is very close indeed to two other paintings by Lacroix de Marseille, both signed and dated 1774, the first sold as part of a pair in New York, Sotheby's, 30 January 1998, lot 246, and the other (also sold as part of a pair) in London, Sotheby's, 8 December 1993, lot 16. The present pair of painted ovals pre-date both these interpretations by some years and, whilst maintaining a very similar mise-en-scène in all three works, Lacroix de Marseille has introduced significant changes to the figures.

Dimensions

each: 83 by 61.3 cm.; 32 3/4 by 24 in.

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