Rosa BONHEUR (Bordeaux 1822 - Thomery 1899)
A Grove of Trees Sold
Watercolour, heightened with gum arabic. Inscribed hauteur / Pion at the lower left. Stamped with the Rosa Bonheur vente stamp (Lugt 274) at the lower right.227 x 291 mm. (9 x 11 1/2 in.)ACQUIRED BY THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO, TORONTO.ENQUIRE
This delightful and vibrant watercolour landscape was included in the four-day auction of the contents of Rosa Bonheur’s studio held in Paris in June 1900. The sale included a total of 1,835 works by Bonheur, including two hundred watercolours, almost 750 drawings and pastels, and sixteen sketchbooks. Four similar landscape watercolours by the artist, each with the same provenance from the 1900 studio sale as the present sheet, are today in the collection of the Musée National du Château de Fontainebleau.
The studio of the artistThe vente Atelier Rosa Bonheur, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 5-8 June 1900, probably lot 1044 (‘Un massif d’oliviers, en Provence. Plein été. Haut., 22 cent.; larg., 29 cent.’), with the vente stamp (Lugt 274) at the lower right and the associated red wax seal (Lugt 276) on the old backing board.