Vaches paissant dans la clairière

Vaches paissant dans la clairière

Constant Troyon

Schiller & Bodo European Paintings

31 3/8 x 26 1/8 inches (79.7 x 66.4 cm)

Other Information
Framed: 44 x 39 inches
Inscription: Signed lower right: C. Troyon.
Provenance: Collection of the Vicomte de Curel, Paris
Sale of the above, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 25 Nov 1918 (orig. sale date 3 May 1918, postponed), lot 23 as "Vaches paissant dans la clairière". 82 x 68 cm.
Note: This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Michel Schulman and will be included in the catalogue raissoné currently in preparation.

cf: A similarly composed pastel by Troyon entitled Rural Amenities and dated c. 1835-45 in the collection of the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington NY.

The present work is a rare example of Troyon’s Rococo-influenced landscapes. The soft palette of pinks, green-blues and greens, chiaroscuro effects, and the soft forms of his trees recall the work of the great 18th-century artists, Boucher in particular. Troyon’s handling of the pastel is adept, and he must have particularly confident about his use of the medium considering the scale of the work: most pastels by the artist are significantly smaller.

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