Robert Henri

Market at Concarneau. Verso: Sailing Boats in a Bay


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Robert Henri 1865–1929
Oil paint on wood
Support: 159 x 222 mm
Presented by Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York through the American Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961

Not on display

Catalogue entry

Robert Henri 1865-1929

T00440 Recto: Market at Concarneau 1899
Verso: Sailing Boats in a Bay 1899

Inscribed '147-A1' down right-hand side of recto
Oil on wood panel, 6 1/4 x 8 5/8 (15.9 x 22)
Presented by the Hirschl and Adler Gallery through the American Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961
Prov: Miss Violet Organ (the artist's sister-in-law); with Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York
Lit: William Innes Homer, Robert Henri and his Circle (Ithaca and London 1969), pp.47-8, 73 and 96
Repr: The Friends of the Tate Gallery: Annual Report 1961-62 (London 1962), both sides repr. between pp.12 and 13

Robert Henri worked in Brittany, at Concarneau, in the summers of 1889, 1894 and 1899. Mrs John C. LeClair writes (6 June 1977) that this panel, which is inscribed '147-A1', is listed as follows in Henri's Record Book 'A' on page 147:

'Market at Concarneau' Concarneau 1899. women in black & coifs & collars. Yellow boxes in foregr. and red. (6 1/4 x 9 1/2).
The coastal view on the reverse is not mentioned. It is apparently not of Concarneau itself but of somewhere close by. Both are sketches which seem to have been painted on the spot, out of doors, and the fingermarks and smudges on the verso suggest that it was painted first and was still wet when the artist turned it over and painted the market scene on the other side. The wood panel is chamfered on both side edges of the recto face and appears to be from a small box.

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, pp.361-2, reproduced p.361 (recto)


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