Alexandre Desgoffe (Paris 1805 - Paris 1882)

Coastal Landscape at Marseilles Sold

Watercolour, over an underdrawing in pencil.
The Desgoffe atelier stamp (Lugt 3161) stamped at the lower right.
Inscribed and dated M. le 26. 7 bre 1838 at the lower right.
Numbered 735 and 79 at the lower right.
155 x 235 mm. (6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

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This charming watercolour was, as the artist’s inscription notes, drawn on a visit to the Mediterranean coast near Marseilles in September 1838. Desgoffe was in Marseilles between the 22nd and the 29th of September 1838, on a trip to the Midi that also included visits to Avignon, Nîmes, Arles, Toulon, Hyères, Sainte-Baume and elsewhere.

Provenance:
Among the contents of the artist’s studio in Paris at the time of his death, with the posthumous atelier stamp Alex. Desgoffe (Lugt 3161), applied by the artist’s daughter, Aline
Art market, Paris, c.1974
Marie-Madeleine Aubrun, Paris (Lugt 3508), her collector’s mark stamped at the lower left
Her posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 8-9 February 1999, lot 178
Jane Roberts, Paris.

Literature:
Marie-Madeleine Aubrun, ‘Un grand méconnu, pionnier du naturalisme: Alexandre Desgoffe (1805-1882)’, Bulletin de la Société de l’Histoire de l’Art français, 1983 (published 1985), pp.154-155, no.D2, fig.56.

Alexandre DESGOFFE

Coastal Landscape at Marseilles

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