François Auguste Biard (French, 1798-1882) Nova Zembla coast
Lot 240W
François Auguste Biard
(French, 1798-1882)
Nova Zembla coast
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
François Auguste Biard (French, 1798-1882)
Nova Zembla coast
signed and dated 'AB. 1841' (lower right)
oil on canvas
120 x 165cm (47 1/4 x 65in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Private Collection, Paris

    François Auguste Biard was a French genre painter who travelled the world looking for inspiration. He was known for his great realism in his works and gained popularity mainly through depictions of humorous scenes. He was also able to capture anything from humour to horror, and it was through this versatility that he demonstrated his great talent. This picture was painted after the artist had returned from a journey to Spitsbergen, and is reminiscent of another of his works showing a confrontation between man and arctic beast, now at the Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in Norway, Fighting Polar Bears.

    This particular painting depicts a scene from 1596-7 of the arctic expedition of Dutch explorer, Willem Barentsz, who attempted to find a northeast path through the Arctic to China, but was shipwrecked on the way. The tale is recounted in L'Histoire des Naufrages. As Barentsz and his crew tried to navigate their way eastward, they came upon Spitsbergen (credited with having discovered the island), located in the archipelago of Svalbard. Moving further east, they were then faced by inhospitable conditions as their ship was closed in by ice, forcing them to abandon ship and remain on Novaya Zemlya (also known as Nova Zembla) through the winter. Nature caused more issues for the Dutch crew members as not only were they threatened by cold and ice, but also by polar bears. The particular moment depicted here shows a few of the sailors, near the hut they constructed for shelter on the northeast section of the coast, shooting polar bears. The concept and composition are based upon an 1839 work by one of Biard's fellow artists and friends, Eugène Lepoittevin. In this work Biard truly captures the frigid environment and perilous situation of this historical scene.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
W Shipping & handling restrictions apply

Objects displayed with a w will be located in the Bonhams Warehouse and will only be available for collection from this location.

Contacts
  1. Rhyanon Demery
    Specialist - Travel and Exploration
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work +44 20 7393 3865
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3863