Jean-Michel CELS (The Hague 1819 - Brussels 1894)

A Clearing at the Edge of a Wood Sold

Oil on paper, laid down on canvas.
Signed, dated and inscribed Chateau de Meisse près Bruxelles / JM Cels 7bre 1840 on the verso.
237 x 182 mm. (9 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)


The present sheet is part of a group of oil sketches by Jean-Michel Cels that appeared on the art market in London in 1997. The artist’s inscription on the verso notes that this sketch was painted in September 1840 at Meise, on the northern outskirts of Brussels; the town is now home to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium.

Private collection, Belgium, c.1950
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 16 April 1997, part of lot 311
Kate de Rothschild, London.

Jean-Michel CELS

A Clearing at the Edge of a Wood


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