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    ARTHUR HOEBER (American, 1854-1915)
    The Beach at Concarneau, circa 1882-85
    Oil on canvas
    22 x 32 inches (55.9 x 81.3 cm)
    Signed lower right: ARTHUR HOEBER

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Christie's, New York, American Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, 19th/20th Centuries, March 11, 1993, lot 74;
    Doyle, New York, European and American Paintings, May 4, 1994, lot 11.

    For three (1882-1885) of the five years he studied with Gerome at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, New Jersey-born landscape painter Arthur Hoeber summered on the coast of Brittany at Concarneau and Pont-Aven. There, like many other young artists of his generation, Hoeber painted the picturesque shoreline and countryside. In the present work, Hoeber records one of the celebrated white sand beaches of Concarneau with a peasant boy posed in the foreground. He wears the Breton garb traditional to the fisherfolk who make their living in the tuna industry central to the economy of this major French port. Hoeber exhibited works of this type at the Paris Salons before returning to the United States, where he painted landscapes nearly exclusively. Working in a Tonalist manner (the seeds of which are present in this French effort), Hoeber focused his attention on the quiet, poetic tidal wetlands with broad skies near New York, his native Nutley, New Jersey, and Hyannisport, Massachusetts. He exhibited frequently at the Pennsylvania Academy and for many years he wrote art criticism for Harper's Weekly, The New York Times, and New York Globe, frequently noting his disapproval of modernism and avant-garde painters such as Henri Matisse.


    Condition Report*: Lined canvas. Under UV examination there is a 3-inch circular patch which fluoresces on the horizon line in upper right quadrant addressing inpaint. Also there is a 1-inch spot of inpaint in sky at upper left. There are some scattered areas of strengthening in the boy's clothing and in the darkest shadows of the rocks in the middleground. Framed Dimensions 30 X 40.5 Inches
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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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