Blaise Alexandre DESGOFFE (Paris, 1830 -... - Lot 22 - Ader

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Blaise Alexandre DESGOFFE (Paris, 1830 -... - Lot 22 - Ader
Blaise Alexandre DESGOFFE (Paris, 1830 - Paris, 1901) Still life with the Venus de Milo Canvas Signed lower right: "Blaise Desgoffe 100,3 x 80,1 cm Provenance: Sale from the Samuel P. Avery and others collection, New York, Leavitt Art Galleries, April 9-10, 1878, no. 146. In 1852, Blaise Desgoffe entered the studio of Hippolyte Flandrin. He also took classes with the academic William Adolphe Bouguereau. After training in history painting, he turned to still life painting, inspired by the Dutch masters of the seventeenth century. The critic Roger Ballu, in his book La Peinture de Salon of 1880, recounts the reactions of the public to the works of Blaise Desgoffe: "The word skill seems to be invented to characterize the painting of Mr. Blaise Desgoffe. Passers-by are ecstatic in front of his still lifes; they believe that one cannot push the trompe-l'oeil further". Most of his works from the 1860s seem to be inspired by sixteenth century objects that he painted in the Louvre. Desgoffe had a great influence on still life painting in France and the United States, particularly on the artists William Merritt Chase and William Michael Harnett. Samuel P. Avery, an art dealer, brought back many paintings from his travels in France, playing a crucial role in the development of American collections in the 19th century. Our work is part of these exchanges and could illustrate a memory of France with this still life, most of the objects of which come from the Louvre: a bronze statuette of the Venus de Milo, a covered terrine and display stand from the Manufacture de Sceaux, a round dish depicting Le Massacre des Niobides by Martial Courteys, a candlestick from a pair representing Les Travaux d'Hercule from 1600, a sardine ewer from the 1st century BC as well as a sardine ewer from the 2nd century AD.C as well as a rock crystal ewer from 1350 mounted in the 17th century.
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