A small painting by Bazille preempted by the Musée Fabre

Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870)
Two Children in a Village, 1865
Oil on canvas - 32.5 x 24 cm
Montpellier, Musée Fabre
Photo : Musée Fabre

25/6/10 – Acquisition – Montpellier, Musée Fabre – The Musée Fabre is undoubtedly the most active establishment in the provinces today when it comes to acquisitions. We will soon offer an article detailing the many works recently added to its collections.

For the moment, we wish to point out the preemption of a work at the auction on 16 June 2010 at the Hôtel Drouot (auctioneers Europ Action). This is a small study by Frédéric Bazille (ill.), a native of Montpellier whose canvases are acquired on a regular basis by the museum to round out an already wealthy collection.
This painting dates from 1865, when Bazille often worked alongside Monet whom he had met at Charles Gleyre’s workshop. That year, on the advice of his fellow artist, he spent two weeks in August and September in Chailly [1], in the footsteps of painters from the Barbizon school, whose influence is evident in his works, notably Edge of the Fontainebleau Forest at the Musée d’Orsay and Landscape in Chailly from the Art Institute of Chicago. The small canvas purchased by Montpellier (for 100.000 € including charges) is a representation of this same village of Chailly.

Didier Rykner, vendredi 25 juin 2010


[1] See Michel Schulmann, Frédéric Bazille, Paris, 1995, p. 121. This painting is published as n° 16, p. 125.

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