Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870) Soiree de feux de Bengale au Vaux-Hall, Bruxelles
Lot 3*
Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870) Soirée de feux de Bengale au Vaux-Hall, Parc de Bruxelles
£70,000 - 100,000
US$ 120,000 - 170,000
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Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870)
Soirée de feux de Bengale au Vaux-Hall, Parc de Bruxelles
signed 'P.van Schendel' (on the base of the statue)
oil on canvas
69 x 99cm (27 3/16 x 39in).

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  • PROVENANCE:
    The Artist's estate sale, J.& A le Roy & Frères, Brussels, 4 September 1871, lot 11
    Sale, Sotheby's Amsterdam 24 April 1989, lot 333
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 20 June 1990, lot 104
    Sale, De Vuyst, Lokeren, Belgium, 12 December 1998, lot 433, where purchased by the present owner


    EXHIBITED:
    Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 1864, as Soirée de Feux de Bengale au Vaux-Hall, Parc de Bruxelles
    Brussels, Exposition Générale des Beaux-Arts, 1866 as Feux de Bengale, dans le jardin du Théâtre lyrique, à Bruxelles
    Portland, Maine, Portland Art Museum, Haffenreffer Gallery, 2012


    LITERATURE:
    Jan de Meere, Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870). Een leven tussen licht en donker, Leiden 2012, p.194, illustrated
    Registered in the Van Schendel archive, number OS/64

    Van Schendel made several studies for the present lot, including a larger version which was exhibited in 1869 (present whereabouts unknown). The artist has painted himself into the composition (in the left corner) sharing the crowd's fascination with the sculpture, illuminated by the 'Bengal lights', a form of firework that gave out a slow burning light of various hues. Some of the crowd hold their noses or cover their mouths to sheild themselves from the highly noxious effects of the smoke produced by the lights.

    We are grateful to Jan de Meere for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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