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Pierre Dubreuil

(1872 -  1944 )
DUBREUIL Pierre La Cloche À Fromage

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Apr 10, 2018
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Pierre Dubreuil - Mœurs Breugheliennes

Pierre Dubreuil - Mœurs Breugheliennes

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Lot number: 127
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'MŒURS BREUGHELIENNES' (LES MOULES) Pierre Dubreuil 1872-1944 oil print, signed, titled, and with annotations in pencil on the reverse,circa 1932 9 3/4 by 8 in. (24.8 by 20.3 cm.) Literature Photo: Revue Mensuelle, December 1935, cover and pl. 93 Catalogue Note In a career typified by novel imagery, Pierre Dubreuil's \‘Mœurs Breugheliennes,\’ better known as Les Moules, is one of the photographer's most surprising images. In the hands of another artist, this photograph might simply be a still life advertisement for A. Piérard table knives. As conceived of by Dubreuil, however, this tableau becomes a surrealist allegory, infused with suggestive, sensual imagery. The phallic form of a knife bisects the image, nestled among a bed of freshly-shucked mussels or moules, French slang for the female anatomy. The subtle vaginal form of the mollusks in the central portion of the image is all the more evocative in this context. As Dubreuil authority Tom Jacobson notes, many of the photographer\’s pictures are also best understood in the context of their titles. \‘Mœurs\’ can allude to one\’s sexual virtues or moral standards, adding to the already-cheeky visual language employed by the photographer. It is believed that the photograph offered here is the only surviving oil print of this image. The only other known example of this image is a diapositive – a small, silver-based positive glass plate – now in a private collection. Although Dubreuil exhibited widely during his lifetime, few of his photographs are extant. Amid financial distress in the early 1940s, Dubreuil sold his negatives and many of his prints to the Gevaert photographic company in Belgium, which was subsequently destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.
Pierre Dubreuil - La Cloche À Fromage

Pierre Dubreuil - La Cloche À Fromage

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Lot number: 218
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'LA CLOCHE À FROMAGE' Pierre Dubreuil 1872-1944 oil print, mounted, titled in pencil on the mount, signed 'P. Dubreuil, M. L. S. P' and titledin pencil, annotated '42. The Cheese Bowl' in ink,' and with the photographer's red'DB 69' stamp on the reverse, circa 1929 9 5/8 by 8 in. (24.5 by 20.3 cm.)
Pierre Dubreuil - Petite Place De Province

Pierre Dubreuil - Petite Place De Province

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Lot number: 317
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PIERRE DUBREUIL (1872–1944) Petite place de province, 1908 oil print, on layered mount monogrammed in pencil (recto); titled in pencil (outermost mount, verso) image/sheet: 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm.) outermost mount: 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (44.4 x 34.9 cm.) Photography historian, curator and collector Tom Jacobson greatly contributed to the expertise and overall awareness of Pierre Dubreuil's work, culminating with the exhibition he organized at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1987-1988). Until this exhibition, Dubreuil's work had been largely absent from the history of photography, but today the artist is recognized as a venerable, technical innovator of his time as well as a leading figure in the faction of European photographers who transitioned from Pictorialism into Modernism. This lot, as well as lots 318 and 336, were originally acquired by Jacobson. Dubreuil, born into a mercantile family in Lille, France in 1872, began his formal career in photography when he joined the Photo-Club de Paris in 1896. Soon thereafter he was exhibiting his work in salons internationally, and within less than a decade achieving widespread praise. In the 1912 article of Photo-Magazine, Paris where Petite place de province was reproduced, the artist Edmond Jamois wrote the following about Dubreuil's photograph: 'A very exact expression of a brightening up after a rain in our town of the North. The roofs of the waiting coaches, glittering through the downpour, sparkle under the sunbeams which break through the clouds. The sun falls obliquely and lengthens the shadows which are outlined against the stones in an ingenious way. The stones are covered with water. The shadows prick thousands of glittering points like so many diamonds, while the background appears drowned in the thick fog; a powerful impression.' Jamois' poetic description is befitting of this exquisite Belle Époque cityscape. The location of the scene in Dubreuil's image may be the Grand Place in Malines, or Mechelen, in the northern region of Belgium. Evocative urban scenes by Impressionist masters such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro who were exhibiting their work in salons throughout Europe at the end of the 19th century come to mind, and may very well have been seen by the young Dubreuil. From approximately 1904 on, Dubreuil's preferred photographic technique was the oil print, as it allowed the photographer to darken, lighten and manipulate images freely and in a painterly manner. This print of Petite place is an excellent example of the artist's virtuosity in the oil print technique and is presented on its original layered mount. At the time of this writing, this is one of only two prints of this image known to exist.
Pierre Dubreuil - ‘the Aviator\’

Pierre Dubreuil - ‘the Aviator\’

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Lot number: 143
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Pierre Dubreuil \‘THE AVIATOR\’ 1872-1944 oil print, the photographer\’s monogram and date on the image, signed, titled, and annotated \‘Bruxelles,\’ \‘Oil print,\’ \‘London, Salon,\’ and \‘M. S. L. P.' and 'M. C. P. S. A.\’ in ink and with The Museum of Science and Industry'scollection stamp, label,and accession number and other notations in red and blue crayon on the reverse, 1929 8 1/4 by 7 3/4 in. (21 by 19.7 cm.)
Pierre Dubreuil - Un Geste

Pierre Dubreuil - Un Geste

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Lot number: 76
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PIERRE DUBREUIL - Un Geste, 1910 Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (20 x 24.1 cm) Platinum print. Exhibited: 2nd Annual International Salon of Photography, Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 15 April- 15 May 1932 Internationell Fotografiutstllning, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, January 1934 Pierre Dubreuil Photographs 1896-1935, Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1987 Pierre Dubreuil Rediscovered, The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 1988, traveling to Alliance Française, New York, 1989 and The Detroit Institute of the Arts, 1990 Provenance: Collection of Tom Jacobson, San Diego Christie's, New York, 8 April 1998, lot 249 Notes: The artist's monogram in white ink on the recto; titled in pencil on the mount; signed, titled, annotated in pencil and 'DB69' stamp on the reverse of the mount; various exhibition labels affixed to the reverse of the mount.
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