Auctionata /Jan 26, 2015
€8,000.00 - €10,000.00
Artworks in Arcadja318
Some works of Alfred De DreuxExtracted between 318 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Auction: Sotheby's -Dec 16, 2015 - LondonLot number: 6
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Alfred De Dreux 1810-1860 FRENCH L'ENTRÉE AU BOIS signed alfred De Dreux lower right oil on canvas, in a Fine French Régence Revival frame with moulded and engraved ornament, original to the painting 147 by 114cm., 58 by 45in. Authentication The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Comité Alfred De Dreux. Provenance Acquired by the family of the present owner by the mid-nineteenth century; thence by descent Literature Marie-Christine Renauld, Alfred De Dreux, Arles, 2008, p. 265, the lithograph illustrated; p. 248, a detail of the lithograph illustrated; p. 251, the lithograph listed (with date of publication 14 December 1850); Alfred De Dreux catalogue raisonné, p. 103, the lithograph catalogued & illustrated Catalogue Note Painted circa 1842-45. In both its scale and quality of execution, L'Entrée au bois is a masterpiece by Alfred De Dreux, and a significant rediscovery. The present work has hung in the home of the present owners for over one hundred and fifty years, apparently unseen by the public. Until now it was known only from a large lithograph measuring 80 by 57cm of circa 1842-45, published by Goupil & Cie. Recorded as a lithographie d’’interprétation, the print was therefore presumed to be after an unrecorded oil, which now comes to light. L'Entrée au bois was painted at the height of De Dreux’’s career. In 1842 the artist received his first official commission from the French State, for the Portrait équestre du duc Ferdinand d’’Orléans (commissioned for Versailles, now Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux). In the 1850s De Dreux was equally in favour with Napoleon III, of whom he painted three large portraits between 1852-55 (two of which are in the Musée national de Compiègne, and Musée de l’’Armée in Paris respectively). In 1844, the artist joined King Louis-Philippe’’s state visit to London, executing a composition depicting Queen Victoria and the ‘Roi des Français’’ riding side-by-side in the park of Windsor Castle (fig. 1). Although L’’Entrée au bois clearly bears comparison to the stature of these official portraits, as a depiction of a romantic tryst of monumental dimensions the work is unique in the artist’’s oeuvre. Century Alfred De Dreux was synonymous with the depiction of the horse in all its powerful energy and spiritual intensity, just as Gericault had been before him. De Dreux knew Gericault personally through his uncle Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy, and was himself portrayed by Gericault in a small number of works which include an intimate oil of circa 1819-20 now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Ever loyal to his gifted friend, Dedreux-Dorcy was the buyer of Gericault’’s The Raft of the Medusa (Musée du Louvre, Paris) on the artist’’s death, when the French state initially refused to raise their offer. As much a portrait of the horses as of the riders themselves, the present work bristles with the animals’’ steely energy, as De Dreux brilliantly captures the light and textures of the horses' coats, the woman’’s elegantly flowing dress, and the verdure of the luscious setting. Alfred de Dreux, Visite de S. M. Louis-Philippe à S. M. la reine Victoria au château de Windsor , October 1844, lithograph by Cattier, published by Goupil & Vibert
Auction: Freeman -Nov 19, 2015 - PhiladelphiaLot number: 68
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Description: ALFRED DE DREUX (french 1810-1860)/span "LE STEEPLECHASE" ; AND A COMPANION Signed 'Alfred de Dreux' bottom left; the companion signed and inscribed 'Alfred de Dreux 3024' bottom left, pair watercolors on paper 7 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (18.4 x 31.8cm) (larger) (2) provenance: /spanPrivate Collection, Virginia. note:/span For a nearly identical version of "Le Steeplechase", see Sotheby's, New York, sale of June 1, 2000, lot 32.
Auction: Sotheby's -Nov 3, 2015 - New-yorkLot number: 105
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Alfred de Dreux 1810-1860 FRENCH DEUX AMAZONES AU CHEVAL signed Alfred De Dreux (lower left) oil on canvas 16 1/8 by 20 in. 41 by 50.8 cm Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication The authenticity of this painting has been confirmed by Brame & Lorenceau, who will include it in their digital archive of the works of Alfred de Dreux. Provenance Georg Plach,Vienna Private Collection, Europe
Auction: Auctionata -Jan 26, 2015 - BerlinLot number: 86
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Lot 86: Circle of Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860) 'Riding Gentleman' , 1852 Description: Oil on canvas France, 1852 Circle of Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860) - French painter Lower right inscribed '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 present painting of a riding gentleman is the work of an artist who was active in the circle of the 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 shows especially the detailed representation of the rider's costume, the running movement of the horse, and the atmospheric lighting. The painting is inscribed 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: 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."