François Édouard Bertin (Paris 1797 - Paris 1871)

An Italian Hillside Town with Figures on a Path in the Foreground Sold

Pen and black ink, pencil and white chalk on brown paper, with an arched top.
Stamped with the atelier stamp EDOUARD BERTIN (Lugt 238a) at the lower left.
Inscribed 1797-1871 / élève de Girodet et d’Ingres on the verso.
305 x 410 mm. (12 x 16 1/8 in.) [sheet]

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The strong contours of the trees and rocks in this drawing are characteristic features of Edouard Bertin’s draughtsmanship, and are a legacy of his time in the studio of Ingres. Most of Bertin’s finished landscape drawings are distinguished by an arched top, while the use of coloured paper is also typical. The present sheet further incorporates a compositional motif particularly characteristic of the artist; a road or pathway in the centre foreground of the composition, leading into the distance.

A number of comparable landscapes are among the large group of drawings by Bertin in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Chartres, while other similar drawings are in the collections of the Musée Dobrée in Nantes4, the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Provenance:
The artist’s studio, Paris
Frederick A. den Broeder, New York
Colnaghi, New York, in 1985.

Literature:
Paris and Geneva, Galerie Cailleux, Artistes en voyage au XVIIIe siècle, exhibition catalogue, 1986, unpaginated, under no.6.

François Édouard BERTIN

An Italian Hillside Town with Figures on a Path in the Foreground

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