Acquisitions by the Musée Georges de La Tour at the Jacques Thuillier Auction


1. Sébastien Bourdon (1616-1671)
Saint Rémy Annointing Clovis
Oil on Canvas Mounted
on Panel - 36.5 x 25.5 cm
Vic-sur-Seille, Musée départemental
Georges de La Tour
Photo : Artcurial

4/4/12 - Acquisitions - Vic-sur-Seille, Musée départemental Georges de La Tour - We had pointed it out at the same time as the acquisition of a Sébastien Bourdon painting by Montpellier at the Artcurial auction of the Thuillier collection (see news item of 28/3/12) : the Musée départemental Georges de La Tour in Vic-sur-Seille has added five more works to its holdings at this sale (thanks to the Conseil général de la Moselle and also to the Association des amis du musée), thus paying tribute to the person behind its initial creation following his extensive donation.

The five paintings purchased by the museum in Lorraine are as follows :

- Sébastien Bourdon, Saint Rémy Annointing Clovis [1] (ill. 1). This is no doubt a study for an altar painting but we do not know for which church it was commissioned. The slightly less severe style recalls that of the altarpiece held today at the church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois, Saint Pierre Nolasque Receiving his Habit and shows a similar composition, with several rows of figures and other persons partially visible in the immediate bottom foreground of the canvas. For Jacques Thuillier, who presented the work at the Bourdon retrospective in Montpellier and Strasbourg in 2000-2001 [2], it reveals "the characteristic composition and color of [the artist] in his mature period."


2. Alexandre Hesse (1806-1879)
The Consecration of Saint Genevieve
Oil on Canvas - 43 x 43.5 cm
Vic-sur-Seille, Musée Georges de La Tour
Photo : Artcurial

3. Alexandre Hesse (1806-1879)
Saint Genevieve Praying and
The Consecration of Saint Genevieve
Pastel - 55.5 x 45.5 and 42 x 45.5 cm
Paris, Private Collection
Photomontage by Piasa and D. Rykner


- Alexandre Hesse, The Consecration of Saint Genevieve [3] (ill. 2). This study is preparatory for a composition painted in 1850-1852 on the left wall of the chapel of Saint Genevieve in the Saint Séverin church in Paris. As is the case for all the chapels in this church where notably Hippolyte Flandrin and Jean-Victor Schnetz also participated, the walls are separated into two levels or registers. The canvas acquired by the museum represents the moment when Saint Genevieve took the veil and is painted in grisaille, while the final work is done in color. It was sold in 1979 by the Pierre Gaubert gallery which had exhibited extensive holdings from the artist’s studio resulting in a catalog [4]. Another study in grisaille from the upper register on the same wall, representing Saint Genevieve praying was also offered then and had joined the collection of Marie-Madeleine Aubrun before then being auctioned at the Hôtel Drouot in 1998. On 23 June 2011 Millon & Associés auctioneers, Hôtel Drouot, sold two preparatory pastels for the same wall, now in a private Parisian collection (ill. 3).


4. Gabriel Ferrier (1847-1914)
Clio, Euterpe and Thalia, after Eustache Le Sueur
Oil on Panel - 21.5 x 21 cm
Vic-sur-Seille, Musée départemental Georges de La Tour
Photo : Artcurial


- Gabriel Ferrer, Clio, Euterpe and Thalia [5] (ill. 4). As pointed out by the auctioneer, Matthieu Fournier, during the sale, and as noticed already by many, this small copy of a work by Eustache Le Sueur painted by Gabriel Ferrer is a veritable allegory of Jacques Thuillier, art historian, as it combines his two favorite centuries, the 17th and the 19th, in one painting.


5. Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939)
Sappho or Lyric Poetry
Oil on Panel - 15 x 22 cm
Vic-sur-Seille, Musée départemental Georges de La Tour
Photo : Artcurial


- Alphonse Osbert, Sappho or Lyric Poetry [6] (ill. 5). This small panel is typical of Osbert’s Symbolist art. According to Véronique Dumas, the artist’s specialist, we can date it back to 1915-1920.


6. French School of XVIIth Century
after Jacques Blanchard
The Virgin with Child and Saint John the Baptist
Oil on Panel - 21.5 x 30 cm
Vic-sur-Seille, Musée départemental Georges de La Tour
Photo : Artcurial


The fifth work acquired by the Musée Georges de La Tour is more anecdotal, representing the collector’s personal choices, as it is an old copy of a Jacques Blanchard painting representing The Virgin with Child and Saint John the Baptist [7] (ill. 6). Jacques Blanchard is one of the many 17th century artists for whom Jacques Thuillier had drawn up the catalogue raisonné.

Version française


Didier Rykner, jeudi 5 avril 2012


Notes

[1] Acquired for 10,296€ including charges.

[2] Cat. 286, p. 396.

[3] Acquired for 3,604€ including charges.

[4] Alexandre Hesse 1806-1879. Quelques aspects du portraitiste et du dessinateur, Paris, 1979, cat. 4.

[5] Acquired for 3,604€ including charges.

[6] Acquired for 5,792€ including charges.

[7] Acquired for 5,148€ including charges.



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