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Abraham Louis Buvelot

Switzerland (1814 -  1888 )
BUVELOT Abraham Louis At Ballan

Deutscher and Hackett
May 4, 2016
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Abraham Louis Buvelot - At Ballan

Abraham Louis Buvelot - At Ballan

Original 1876
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Lot number: 98
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LOUIS BUVELOT - (1814 - 1888), AT BALLAN, 1876, watercolour on paper
SIGNED:

signed and dated lower right: Ls Buve

1876

signed and inscribed on label verso: No 11. Watercolour/ The property of J. Buve

- At Ballan/ Ls. Buvelot
DIMENSIONS:

20.5 - 32.0 cm
PROVENANCE:

Caroline-Julie Buvelot, Melbourne, the artist’s wife

Leonard Joel, Melbourne, c.1930s

Dr David Roseby, Melbourne

Thence by descent
Private collection, Sydney
Abraham Louis Buvelot - Cattle In A Wooded Landscape

Abraham Louis Buvelot - Cattle In A Wooded Landscape

Original -
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Lot number: 29
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ABRAM LOUIS BUVELOT (1814-1888)
“Cattle in a Wooded Landscape”
possibly Lilydale or Heidelberg
Oil on Canvas
40x65 cm
Signed Lower Left
Prov: ex. Levine Collection. Private Collection, Adelaide
I first viewed this fine quality work by Louis Buvelot some 30 years ago when it came up for sale in the Levine Collection and was sold by Megaw & Hogg (1993).
A most charming work, it is indeed a pleasure to visit this work again and offer it for sale.
Louis Buvelot arrived in Victoria in 1865, roughly 10 years after the arrival of Eugene von Gerard, Nicholas Chevalier, Thomas Clark and Henry Gritten.
Working as a landscape painter, by 1870 he established himself as Melbourne’s leading artist, a status he retained until 1880 when he stopped painting because of ill health.
Buvelot also won acclaim for his choice of subjects, his focus on apparently no descriptive aspects of the settled countryside. He was applauded for his ability to produce a picture at once truthful and pleasing with the simplest of materials.
He portrayed the landscape romantically with a few gum trees, a waterhole, fernery and a distant mountain range.
Most of his subjects were close to Melbourne, Heidelberg, Lilydale and Mt. Macedon which were popular with excursionists from Melbourne and hence Buvelot’s urban middle class patrons.
Rep: In all major state and provincial galleries throughout Australia.
Abraham Louis Buvelot - Untitled

Abraham Louis Buvelot - Untitled

Original 1875
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Lot number: 56
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Untitled (Settler\’\’s Cottage)

oil on board

signed and dated lower right: L Buvelot 1875

signed and dated lower right: L Buvelot 1875
Provenance:

Private collection, Sydney|Thence by descent, private collection, Sydney|
21.0 x 31.5 cm
LOUIS BUVELOT
oil on board
1875
Abraham Louis Buvelot - Evening

Abraham Louis Buvelot - Evening

Original 1876
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Lot number: 37
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LOUIS BUVELOT (1814 – 1888)
EVENING, 1876
oil on canvas
29.5 x 43.5 cm

signed and dated lower right: L Buvelot 1876

inscribed verso: L. Buvelot / November 1876 / MAF

Norman G. Clark, Melbourne

Thence by descent

Norman K. Clark, Melbourne

Thence by descent

Private collection, Melbourne

The Swiss born Abram-Louis Buvelot arrived in Melbourne in 1865. Eugène von Guérard was then the young colony\’\’\’\’ s leading artist. His landscapes were devoted to the sublime in nature, rendered in that thorough detail beloved by the German Romantics, of which he had complete command. By 1869, Buvelot had replaced him as the colony\’\’\’\’s leading landscape painter, his position sealed by the National Gallery of Victoria\’\’\’\’s purchase that year of his two 1866 paintings,

Summer Afternoon, Templestowe

and

Winter Morning near Heidelberg
. His international reputation was also growing through the award of gold and silver medals at major exhibitions. The young painters – Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and Arthur Streeton – loved him, calling him the \‘father\’\’\’\’ of Australian landscape painting. In 1880 Julian Ashton painted Buvelot\’\’\’\’s portrait, now in the collection of the Geelong Art Gallery, and six years later Roberts sketched him in pen and ink, to be followed by an etched portrait. On his death in 1888, a large retrospective exhibition was arranged by the National Gallery of Victoria. A few years later the National Gallery renamed one of its galleries in his honour.

Buvelot was so admired because, it was claimed, he led the way in seeing the beauty of the Australian landscape – no longer strange and primordial, rather homely and enveloped in luminous atmospheres. As a writer for the Melbourne

Argus

wrote in 1879, \‘... he has caused us to look upon our sylvan scenery with something like a new sense of vision.\’\’\’\’
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This is apparent in

Evening
, 1876, a tranquil transcript of nature in which the civilizing hand is ever present. The heat and toil of noonday lie past as day slips peacefully into twilight. A man and a woman chat contently, close to home. Not the squatter\’\’\’\’s grand homestead of von Guérard\’\’\’\’s pastoral portraits. Rather, it is the worker\’\’\’\’s humble retreat, the fenced landscape of the bush now settled. Some of the surrounding trees are, like the settlers, of European origin, speaking of another home. The location is possibly Bacchus Marsh for Buvelot was sketching there in March 1876, as seen in drawings of the Lerderderg and Goodmans creeks in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. There is also a very fine oil painting,

Goodman\’\’\’\’s Creek, Bacchus Marsh
, 1876 in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
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In describing Buvelot as a landscape painter of \‘the front rank\’\’\’\’, one of his contemporaries observed perceptively, \‘He looks at Nature with the eye of a poet, and gives a poetical rendering of everything he depicts upon his canvas\’\’\’\’ .
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1.

Argus
, Melbourne, 11 September 1879, p. 4

2. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has three of Buvelot\’\’\’\’s 1876 oil paintings

3.

Official Catalogue of Exhibits
, Victorian Exhibition 1872, for the London International Exhibition of 1873, Melbourne 1872, p. 2

DAVID THOMAS
Abraham Louis Buvelot - Swiss Mountain Scene

Abraham Louis Buvelot - Swiss Mountain Scene

Original
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Lot number: 164
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LOUIS ABRAM BUVELOT (1814-1888)
�Swiss Mountain Scene�
Watercolour
27x22cm
Signed Lower Left
Often called the father of Australian landscape, he painted the bush as we know it removing that European veil that artists previously after arriving from Europe found so hard to negotiate.
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