Armand Charnay

The Park of Sansac (Indre-et-Loire)


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Armand Charnay 1844–1916
Original title
Le Parc de Sansac (Indre-et-Loire)
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 295 x 394 mm
Presented by the artist 1908

Catalogue entry

Armand Charnay 1844-1916

N02290 Le Parc de Sansac (Indre-et-Loire) (The Park of Sansac) 1885

Inscribed 'A. Charnay. Sansac 85' b.r. and on stretcher 'Le parc du château de Sansac- | côté sur l'Indre - près Loches' and 'A. CHARNAY | MARLOTTE par Bourron'
Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 15 ½ (29.5 x 39.5)
Presented by the artist to the National Gallery 1908; transferred c.1920
Exh: [?Salon des Artistes Français, Paris, May-June 1887 (504) as 'Soirée d'automne; - parc de Sansac (Touraine)']; Franco-British Exhibition: Fine Art Section, Shepherd's Bush, London, May-November 1908 (French section 105) as 'Le Parc de Jansac [sic] (Indre-et-Loire)'
Lit: Emile Michel, 'Armand Charnay' in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 3rd pd., XXXII, 1904, pp.486-7, repr. p.485 as 'Le Parc de Sansac' 1885

When offering this work in 1908, the artist wrote (letter of 21 June 1908 in the National Gallery files): '... this study painted entirely from nature near one of the oldest mansions of our old Touraine is one of my best works.' The Ch?teau de Sansac, which dates from 1529, is near Loches on the banks of the Indre.

Another view of the Château entitled 'Autumnal Evening; - Park of Sansac' was included in the Paris International Exhibition of 1889 and was stated in the catalogue to be the picture exhibited at the Salon of 1887. It seems, however, that this may have been a mistake, as the present work bears on the stretcher the traces of a circular official stamp with the inscription '... ON | 1887'.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.118, reproduced p.118

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