Jean Henri ZUBER (Rixheim 1844 - Paris 1909)

Landscape with a Stormy Sky Sold

Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing.
Stamped with the Zuber atelier stamp (not in Lugt) on the verso.
122 x 190 mm. (4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

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As one contemporary critic wrote, shortly after Henri Zuber’s death, ‘For twenty years he contributed largely to the success of the Société des Aquerellistes Français. He understood thoroughly the fundamental principles of aquarelle, and his trained vision enabled him to endue each of his drawings with the atmosphere and character peculiar to the subject. He was equally successful with diverse subjects, whether it was Venice, the shores of the Lake of Como, Antibes, Versailles, among the Jura Mountains, or simply an evening effect in the Luxembourg Gardens, at the Pont Royal, or the Place de la Concorde...Henri Zuber’s art, at once so delicate, so subtle, and so personal, places this painter among the masters, such as Corot, Daubigny, and Cazin, who infused into their art something of their own very soul, that indefinable quality, call it genius or what you will, that makes of a simple picture a masterpiece.’

A comparable watercolour sketch of sky at sunset is illustrated in Paris, Association “Les Amis du Peintre Henri Zuber”, La Lettre: Henri Zuber et son Temps, No.13, June 2005, p.2.

Provenance:
Pierre Miquel
His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 April 2004, part of lot 1095
Private collection, Paris.

Jean Henri ZUBER

Landscape with a Stormy Sky

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