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Henri Gervex

(1852 -  1929 ) Wikipedia® : Henri Gervex
GERVEX Henri A Qajar Diplomat, Mirza Reza Khan Arfa' Al-dawlah

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Apr 25, 2017
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Henri Gervex - French Rolla

Henri Gervex - French Rolla

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Henri Gervex FRENCH ROLLA 1852 - 1929 signed and indistinctlydedicateda son ami [?]tri[?]o / H. Gervex lower right oil on canvas 41.5 by 34cm., 16 by 13¼in. Possibly, Miguel Utrillo (agift from the artist) Private collection, France Sale: Millon & Associés, Paris, 30 March 2001, lot 57 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner Henri Gervex, 1852-1929, exh. cat., Paris, 1992, p. 117, discussed The present work is a study for the figure of Jacques Rolla inGervex' eponymoussuccès de scandale of 1878 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris). Gervex scrupulously prepared for the final compositionwith numerous closely-observed studies, including of the nude (for which Ellen André, a favourite of the Impressionists, was one of the models), and the Louis XVI bed. While the other known studies were mostly executed on paper, the present workis a signed oil on canvas and a compelling work in its own right,as well as a fascinating component in the genesis of the artist's most famous composition. Several details set the study apart from the figure of Rolla in the finished composition. Rather than being covered below the waist by the bed, themodel (Gervex' own brother) is presented three-quarter length. The window has six panes instead of three, there is a simple wood bar across the open window rather than the elaborate ironwork of the final work, and there are differences in the background architecture. In these ways the setting is probably closer to Gervex's own apartment-studio, situated on the rue Bochart-de-Saron near Pigalle, than the newer Haussmannian architecture of the Grands Boulevards in the final work. Taking as his inspiration the eponymous poem of 1833 by Alfred de Musset, Gervex transposed the narrative ofRolla into fashionable contemporary Paris. Jacques Rolla, a well-born bourgeois, has decided to spend his final night with the prostitute Marion, having squandered his fortune on a life of debauchery. The scene depicts the morning after: while Marion lies asleep, Rolla broods on his fate and contemplates suicide by jumping from the open window. Already a friend of Degas, and part of the artists\’ circle in Pigalle, in 1876 Gervex met Manet for the first time, and was painted by Renoir as one of the dancers in hisBal du moulin de la Galette. It is significant thatRolla\’s scandal in 1878 echoed that of Manet\’sNanaof the previous year, which had also been refused by the Paris Salon on ground of immorality.Like Gervex', Manet's workwas instead displayed by a gallerist to public uproar. Both paintings find their literary equivalent in Emile Zola\’sNana, published in 1880. A replica of the final composition was sold in these rooms for a new artist record in May 2016 (fig. 1).
Henri Gervex - A Qajar Diplomat, Mirza Reza Khan Arfa' Al-dawlah

Henri Gervex - A Qajar Diplomat, Mirza Reza Khan Arfa' Al-dawlah

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A Qajar diplomat, Mirza Reza Khan Arfa' al-Dawlah (d. 1937), by Henri Gervex (French, 1852-1929) oil on canvas, signed and dated 1898 upper left, in an ornate gilt frame 71.5 x 58 cm.; frame 94 x 80 cm. Footnotes Reza Khan Arfa' al-Dawlah was a diplomat and poet with the pen-name Danesh. He started his education at a theological school in Tabriz, moved to Istanbul to work in his brother-in-law's shop, at the same time studying Turkish and French. Later in Tifils (Tbilisi), he found a menial job at the Persian consulate. He started his career in 1873 as an interpreter and was appointed third secretary at the Consulate in Tbilisi. He was later Persian consul and Persian minister to the Russian court at St Petersburg in 1895; and ambassador to the Ottoman court in 1900. He was given the title Mirza (translated as Prince) by Muzaffar al-Din Shah Qajar in 1899. He was also known for his luxurious mansion in Monaco. He died in Tehran in 1937. Request condition report
Henri Gervex - Revue à Longchamp

Henri Gervex - Revue à Longchamp

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Henri Gervex
PARIS 1852 - 1929 PARIS
REVUE À LONGCHAMP
HENRI GERVEX ; PARADE IN LONGCHAMP ; SIGNED LOWER LEFT H GERVEX  ; OIL ON PANEL
Signé en bas à gauche
H Gervex

Huile sur panneau

106 x 146.5 cm ; 41¾ by 57¾ in
 actuellement en préparation par Jean-Christophe Pralong-Gourvennec. Provenance Jean Seligmann & Cie, Paris ;
Henri Gervex - Revue À Longchamps

Henri Gervex - Revue À Longchamps

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Lot number: 66
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Henri Gervex
1852-1929
FRENCH
REVUE À LONGCHAMPS
signed H. Gervex lower left
oil on board laid on canvas
106 by 146.5cm., 41¾ by 57¾in.
Authentication
To be included in the Gervex catalogue raisonné being prepared by Jean-Christophe Pralong-Gourvennec.
Provenance
Jean Seligmann & Cie, Paris
Gloria Guinness (a gift, possibly by the 1950s); thence by descent
Henri Gervex - La Loge

Henri Gervex - La Loge

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Henri Gervex (French, 1852-1929)
La Loge
signed 'H Gervex' (lower left)
oil on canvas
32 x 25 5/8 in. (81.3 x 65.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1880.

Provenance

Jean Dieterle, Paris, 1934. Collection Chenue, Paris. Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 21 June 1989, lot 302. Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

Literature

N. Ireson, 'The Lure of the Loge' in Renoir at the Theatre: Looking at 'La Loge', exh. cat., London, The Courtauld Gallery, 2008, p. 11 (illustrated fig. 4, p. 13).

Exhibited

Paris, Exposition des Beaux-Arts et de la Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Le Salon entre 1880 et 1900, April-May 1934, no. 85.
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