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Vincent van Gogh

( Dutch, 1853 - 1890 )

Paysan Brûlant De Mauvaises Herbes




Oil on canvas laid down on panel

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The canvas has been cut and laid down on panel; this panel is sound. The edges have been covered with red paper tape. There appear to be two horizontal repaired tears to the canvas, one to the upper left edge and one to the upper right edge. There are further lines of horizontal cracking to the canvas in the upper half. There is a fine network of crazing visible throughout.There is a faint raised crease running vertically through the center of the composition, visible under raking light. Under UV light, there are patches of old retouching to the center of the composition, including the figure, above the figure and a few strokes to the left of the figure. Subsequent more recent inpainting can be seen in some small areas, notably to the top left quadrant and in a few places elsewhere. A thick layer of opaque varnish prevents more conclusive examination. The work is in overall good condition. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


Anna C. van Gogh-Carbentus, Nuenen & Breda, The Netherlands (the mother of the artist);
Janus Schrauwen, Breda, The Netherlands (placed in storage by the above in 1889);
Jan. C. Couvreur, Breda, The Netherlands (acquired from the above on August 14, 1902);
Kees Mouwen, Jr. & Willem van Bakel, Breda, The Netherlands (acquired from the above ; circa 1902-03);
C. Mouwen, Breda, The Netherlands (and sold: Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, May 3, 1904, lot 12);
Kunsthandel Buffa, Amsterdam (acquired at the above sale);
Herman Gorter, Bussum, The Netherlands (acquired in 1905);
Kunstzaal d'Audretsch, The Hague (acquired in 1927);
D.G. van Beuningen, Vierhouten, The Netherlands (acquired in 1928);
With Jacques Goudstikker, Amsterdam;
Looted by the Nazi authorities, July 1940;
Sale: Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, October 8 & 9, 1940, lot 13;
H.E. d'Audretsch, Amerongen, The Netherlands;
Tjeerd Bendien, Almelo, Netherlands (acquired in 1941);
Bouke Bendien, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (by descent from the above and sold: Christie's, New York, May 12, 1987, lot 22);
Private Collection, New York (and sold: Christie's, New York, November 15, 1989, lot 360);
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale);
Restituted to the heir of Jacques Goudstikker in 2019


Amsterdam, Municipal Museum, ; Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en teekeningen door Vincent van Gogh; 1905, no. 4;
Amsterdam, E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., ; Vincent van Gogh, ; Quelques oeuvres de l'époque 1881-1886, 1956, no. 10;
Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, 1970-83 (on loan);
Ponce, Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce, 1983-87 (on loan)


The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.



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