Chaim Soutine 1894-1943
T02132 Cagnes Landscape with Tree
Inscribed 'Soutine' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 28 5/8 (60 x 73)
Bequeathed by John Levy to the National Gallery 1977; transferred 1977
Prov: Maurice Girardin, Paris (purchased from the artist); Girardin sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 10 December 1953, lot 60 as 'Paysage'; bt. Arthur Tooth and Sons, London; John Levy, London, 1954
Exh: Paris-Londres, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, April-May 1954 (6, repr.) as 'Paysage' 1926; Chaim Soutine 1893-1943, Tate Gallery, September-November 1963 (33), as 'Cagnes Landscape with Tree' c.1925
Repr: Maurice Raynal, Arnold Rüdlinger, Hans Bolliger and others, Histoire de la Peinture Moderne: Matisse Munch Rouault (Geneva 1950), p.127 in colour as 'Paysage' 1926; Raymond Cogniat, Soutine (Geneva-Paris-New York 1952), pl.6 in colour; Pierre Courthion, Soutine: Peintre du Déchirant (Lausanne 1972), p.201B as 'Paysage au Cycliste' 1919-20
This picture was included in the Girardin sale simply as 'Landscape', but is probably a view at Cagnes. Jean Clergue, the Director of the Museum at Cagnes, writes that the most likely site appears to be the Montée du Chateau, which is in the part of Cagnes where Soutine stayed (and only a short distance from the site of T00315), though the identification is by no means certain. Pierre Courthion has reproduced it as 'Landscape with a Cyclist', but the figure on the right looks more as if he is walking.
The date 1919-20 proposed by Courthion seems much too early, as the picture is less distorted and brighter in colour than the works of that period. A dating of 1926 as given in the Skira Histoire de la Peinture Moderne
or c.1925 as given by Maurice Tuchman in the catalogue of the exhibition at the Tate seems more likely.
Mme G. Girardin confirms (letter of 23 October 1977) that her husband bought it direct from Soutine's studio, where he bought a number of paintings between 1925 and 1927. It is listed in her husband's inventory as 'La Route' (The Road).
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.701-2, reproduced p.701