Christie's /Nov 26, 2013
€119,289.07 - €178,933.60
Artworks in Arcadja285
Some works of Alfred De DreuxExtracted between 285 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Auction: Sotheby's -Dec 10, 2014 - LondonLot number: 19
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Alfred De Dreux 1810-1860 FRENCH CHIEN À L'ARRÊT signed and dated Alfred de Dreux 57 lower right oil on panel 19 by 31.5cm., 11½ by 12½in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité de Dreux, Galerie Brame & Lorenceau. Provenance A gift from the artist to the great-grandfather of the present owner, a family friend; thence by descent The panel is flat, even and ensuring a stable support. There is a faint pattern of minor hairline craquelure in the paint surface visible under close inspection, which appears to be stable, and one or two minor surface scuffs notably one in the ground near the lower-left corner. Under ultra-violet light the old varnish layers fluoresce evenly and quite opaquely, however there are no visible signs of retouching. This painting is in good condition, and its appearance could be further enhanced if desired with a light surface clean. The colours are richer and a warmer yellow (owing to the old varnish) in reality than in the catalogue illustration, and less pink overall. Presented in a decorative gilt frame, apparently of the period. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Auction: Daguerre -Aug 30, 2014 - ParisLot number: 131
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Alfred De DREUX (1810-1860) Amazon in yellow camisole Oil on canvas signed lower right. 71 x 58,5 cm Alfred De Dreux is the main ambassador of the “wildlife portrait” genre or group portrait with animals. His father, a famous architect received the Prix de Rome in 1815 , and moved to The Villa Medici with all his family. During this periode, in Roma, they welcome many french artists, and specially Théodore Géricault, that is admirated by Alfred De Dreux, for his an artistic talents as a great rider. In 1823, Alfred joins the Géricault’’s workshop, and became passionate by horses. In 1824, Géricualt died, and de Dreux joins Léons Cogniet workshop. He created one of his first canvas a copy of Mazeppa. He stayed in this workshop until 1831, this smae year he became a merber of the Academy, and exhibited for the first time at the Salon, two paintings Cheval sautant un fossé and Intérieur d’’’’ écurie . This two paintings was a real success. In 1832, he made his first equestrian portrait of the Duc d’’’’ Orléans. This same years, Alfred De Dreux is interested in Arabian Horse, and the East. This new interest changed his feeling, and he painted some africans riders. His succes became interntational, Great Brotain, Germany, Poland, Russia, and United States. In 1838, he painted the portrait of the actrice : mademoiselle Doche, and the protrait of Baron Klein, the protrait of the Comte de Brémont d’’’’Ars on his poney, or the portrait of Ranjiit Sting Baadour, Louvre Museum. In 1842, he received his first offical order : portrait of the duc d’’’’Orléans, and rewarded in 1844, a price from Salon des artistes français. This same year he followed Louis Philippe, in official travel in London. After this trip, his talent is affirmed. The composition, the traetment of the color, the light, the landscape, showed his evolution. Alfred De Dreux participate at teh Great Exhibition. He traveled a lot in England, between 1857 and 1858, and be interested by the noble english style. He visited many racetraskes, and offered his own vison of the equestrian world.
Auction: Auctionata -Apr 10, 2014 - BerlinLot number: 23
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Lot 23: Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860), 'Riding Gentleman' , 1852 Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860) Description: Oil on canvas France, 1852 Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860) - French painter Lower right signed 'A. d Dreux' and dated 'Paris 1852' Verso stamp of canvas manufacturer Jeanbin, Paris Gilded ornament frame Overall dimensions, with frame: 97 x 86 cm Provenance: Private Swiss collection The horse portraits of the court painter to Emperor Napoleon III have already been successful during the artist's lifetime. The auction record for similar paintings is more than 1 million euros The present painting of a riding gentleman is the work of French painter Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860). In 1852, de Dreux started to work as court painter to Napoleon III. During this time, de Dreux also painted some works depicting the sport of horse riding. The present painting portrays a proud nobleman sitting on a black stallion in front of a landscape backdrop. The fine portrait testifies to the great skill of the artist, which becomes evident especially in the detailed representation of the rider's costume, the running movement of the horse, and the atmospheric lighting. The painting is signed lower right, 'A. d Dreux', and dated 'Paris 1852'. The canvas is unlined with few patches on the reverse. There are two repaired tears and a number of small punches, otherwise, the paint surface is relatively fresh. Inspection under UV light reveals some small areas of retouching to the background. The gilded wood frame shows some losses of material. The overall dimensions, with frame, are 97 x 86 cm. The stretcher frame measures 74 x 59 cm. Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860) Born in Paris, the painter Alfred de Dreux is especially recorded for his horse depictions. Due to the large success of his works at the Paris Salon in the first half of the 19th century, he was appointed court painter to Emperor Napoleon III. De Dreux came from a family of painters and was influenced by Thédore Géricault, a friend of the family. He received his artistic training with his uncle Pierre -Joseph de Dreux, and later with Léon Cogniet. From 1831 to 1859, de Dreux regularly exhibited at the Paris Salon. Besides rider portraits, de Dreux painted history paintings, carriage and dog depictions. He also worked as etcher and lithographer. In 1852, he received several commissions for rider portraits by Napoleon III. Today, works by de Dreux are on display in major museum collections, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, the Louvre, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Auction: Christie's -Nov 26, 2013 - LondonLot number: 36
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Alfred De Dreux (French, 1810-1860) Départ pour la promenade signed 'Alfred De Dreux' (lower right) oil on canvas 32 x 26 in. (81.3 x 66 cm.) Painted circa 1855 PROPERTY OF PRINZ MAXIMILIAN ZU FÜRSTENBERG FROM SCHLOSS WERENWAG M. Renauld, Alfred de Dreux: le cheval passion d'un dandy parisien, Paris, 1997, pp. 127 (the lithograph), illustrated p. 131. M. Renauld, L'univers d'Alfred De Dreux, Arles, 2008, p. 273 (the lithograph). Lithograph by Lafosse, printed by Lemercier, and published by Goupil, 1858, as Le départ pour la promenade. Hitherto known only from a lithograph (fig. 1) published in 1858 by Goupil, this large and unpublished painting is a variant of another composition (sold Christie's, 18 May 2007, lot 15, fig. 2), and one of a series of paintings featuring a groom and horse in a stable. The horse, named Atalanta, was a favourite subject of the artist's and appears in at least five paintings dating from the mid to late 1850s. Although a mature work, the genesis of this composition can be traced all the way back to the time the artist spent as a young boy in the studio of his family's close friend, Théodore Géricault, and is indeed strikingly similar to the latter's numerous studies of horses in the stables of Versailles and of grooms tending their horses (fig. 3). Setting his subjects against a plain background to better throw them into sharp relief, the artist reinforces the grandeur of the animal by thrusting its head forward into the picture plane, setting the vertical angle of the composition very low and stressing its vertical axis. The viewer's eye is led up the parallel line of the horse and groom's legs, following the latter's arm towards his charge's powerfully arched neck, and upwards into the empty space beyond. De Dreux is aiming above all to convey a sense of movement, and of tamed power. He deploys here not only a superb understanding of anatomy, but also his trademark ability to model his subjects with light and shadow, with shimmering reflections on the animal's coat conveying a sense of latent, nervous energy. These extraordinary technical and compositional skills combine to show De Dreux as an equestrian painter first and foremost, stripping away the elegant props and fashions that he often used in his more mondain compositions and society commissions, to focus exclusively on the horse's anatomy and strength, and on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal. The authenticity of this painting has been confirmed by Brame & Lorenceau (letter dated 24 September 2013), who will include it in their digital archive on the artist.
Auction: Bonhams -Jan 23, 2013 - LondonLot number: 12
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Alfred de Dreux (French, 1810-1860) Deux Amazones: Amazone en bleue; Amazone au lévier a pair, one signed 'A.de Dreux' (lower right), the other indistinctly signed 'Alfred **' (lower left) oil on canvas, each 38 x 27.5cm (14 15/16 x 10 13/16in). (2) PROVENANCE: Ex collection Georges Plach, Vienna (with collector's seal on reverse) Sale, Tajan, Paris, 18 May 1998, lot 68 (Amazone en bleue), lot 69 (Amazone au lévier) Sale, Christie's London, 4 December 2002, lot 85 (as a pair) Sale, Christie's London, 21 May 2004, lot 10, (Amazone en bleue) Sale, Christie's New York, 9 December 2004, lot 168 (Amazone en bleue) with Richard Green, London Private collection, UK