Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862-1926) Plage à Ambleteuse, vers le soir
Lot 2
Théo Van Rysselberghe
(Belgian, 1862-1926)
Plage à Ambleteuse, vers le soir
Sold for £43,750 (US$ 68,552) inc. premium

Lot Details
Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862-1926) Plage à Ambleteuse, vers le soir
Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgian, 1862-1926)
Plage à Ambleteuse, vers le soir
oil on canvas laid down on board
32.8 x 46cm (12 15/16 x 18 1/8in).
Painted circa 1899-1900

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Monsieur Olivier Bertrand and Monsieur Pascal de Sadeleer and will be included in their forthcoming catalogue raisonné.

    PROVENANCE
    Robert John and Mary Griffith, Dorset (acquired directly from the artist).
    By descent to the present owner.

    LITERATURE
    R. Feltkamp, Théo Van Rysselberghe, catalogue raisonné 1862-1926, Brussels, 2003, no. 1899-008 (illustrated p. 76) and titled Ambleteuse le soir.

    Painted circa 1899-1900, Plage à Ambleteuse, vers le soir issues from an important series of paintings by Théo Van Rysselberghe in which he employed a divisionist and pointillist technique to describe the coastal landscape around the region of Ambleteuse in Northern France. In this painting Van Rysselberghe employs a limited palette of blue and greens to illustrate the Slack River as it meanders through the estuary in the gloaming. Through a subtle interplay of hue and tone, Van Rysselberghe deftly conveys the dusky impressions of the light in his scene, where the final rays emanate from the central section of the canvas as the sun sinks below the horizon.

    In a letter to Henry Van de Velde, his friend and fellow member of the Belgium art collective the Les Vingt group, Van Rysselberghe later acknowledged the significance of this series of paintings within his oeuvre: 'the series of the low tide sunsets with water arabesques in the sand: are I believe among the best of my paintings.' (Letter from Theo Van Rysselberghe to Henry Van de Velde, February 1901, quoted in R. Feltkamp, Théo Van Rysselberghe, catalogue raisonné 1862-1926, Brussels, 2003, p. 59)
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