Jean Henri ZUBER (Rixheim 1844 - Paris 1909)
Study of Sky and Clouds Sold
Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing. Signed with initials H.Z. at the lower right. Inscribed Claude and Marc on the verso. Stamped with the Oeuvre Henri Zuber / catalogue général stamp (not in Lugt) on the verso, as Serie f, No.123 and entitled 'prairie'.91 x 150 mm. (3 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)ENQUIRE
Henri Zuber is noted to have often said that, “The language of the sky, the earth, and the sea is eternal!”, and this is particularly evident in many of his watercolours. As a watercolourist, Zuber’s work at times comes close to that of his older contemporary, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, and like him was greatly admired by English collectors. (In a review of an exhibition of Zuber’s watercolours held at the Goupil galleries in London in 1883, a critic in the Pall Mall Gazette noted of the artist that ‘His treatment of water-colour is much more English than French...It is evident that his sympathies are with the younger English school, to whom, however, the purity and freshness of his tones might often be objects of envy.’)
Pierre MiquelHis posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 April 2004, part of lot 1095Private collection, Paris.