On the Canal from the town Oudenaarde (Audenarde) in Belgium, circa 1900-1901
Signed Frits Thaulow. (ll)
Oil on canvas
32 x 39 3/8 inches (81.3 x 100 cm)
Collection of F. W. Bowne
John Levy Galleries, New York
Frederick Brown, New York
The artist went to Flanders in Belgium after the Paris World Exhibition in 1900 and visited the towns of Rupelmonde and Oudenaarde. The canal or rather small branch of the Schelde river with old factory buildings on the left caught his eye and he decided to paint the subject for the Paris Salon in 1901. A photograph of the artist working on a version of the subject appeared in the French review "La Vie Illustrée" of May 3rd, 1901, "Les Salons de 1901". It is mentioned in the illustrated catalog as No. 858, "Le Pont", but disappeared in the official catalog and a Norwegian winter subject exhibited instead.
Thaulow's works were much sought after for exhibitions, and it seems that the intended Salon picture was sent for an important exhibition in Munich instead (VIII Internationale Kunstausstellung), No. 1704. "Alte Schelde bei Audenarde" and probably sold there. Another version called "Blaue Fabrik in Flandern" is still in the Museum der bildende Künste zu Leipzig, and it was bought in 1906 from the Leipziget Kunstverein. (confirmed by the Museum in 2020).
The current work seems to have been sent by Thaulow's dealer in Paris, Georges Petit & Cie, to the well known John Levy Galleries, New York, which was in business in the period (1865-1938).
There are also a couple of paintings of the same subject in private hands, and he chose the subject for one of his twenty colored etchings, called "Les Vieilles Fabriques", printed in 250 copies and exhibited in Paris in 1907.
The subject can also be seen on postcards from the period.
We are grateful to Vidar Poulsson for confirming the authenticity of this lot and for his assistance with the catalogue note.
C The Estate of Madelyn Brown Harris
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Frame: 41 1/4 x 48 inches
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