François-Louis FRANÇAIS (Plombières-les-Bains 1814 - Paris 1897)

Portrait of Henri-Joseph Harpignies Sold

Pencil.
Signed with the artist’s initials at the lower left.
Inscribed Portrait de Harpignies. / fait pendant une séance du / Jury de peinture par / Louis Français. on the verso.
Further inscribed ‘FRANÇAIS était un peintre de/ l’école de Barbizon, Harpignies un / marchand de tableau (si mes souvenirs sont bons) / Ce tableau avait été acheté par Grand père <<à la/ Bigotte>> et était accroché au chalet à Auvers. / Francis le 20 juillet 2005’ on a modern printed label formerly pasted onto the old backing board.
The same label also inscribed (in a modern hand) ‘Portrait d’/ HARPIGNIES’, ‘Il y a un tableau de Francais au Musée / d’ORSAY’ and harpignies 1819-1916!.
84 x 111 mm. (3 1/4 x 4 3/8 in.)
 

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François-Louis Français not only exhibited regularly at the Salons, but was also often asked to participate on its jury. The inscription at the bottom of the present sheet notes that this portrait of his close friend Henri-Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) was drawn while both artists were serving on the Salon jury. The drawing is a fine example of a quick sketch that captures the essence of the sitter.
 

Provenance:
Two clippings from an unidentified 19th or 20th century French auction catalogue pasted onto the backing board
Private collection, Auvers (according to a printed label formerly on the old backing board).
 

François-Louis FRANÇAIS

Portrait of Henri-Joseph Harpignies

A1441

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