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La Vallée de la Loue (Valley of the Loue)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

La Vallée de la Loue (Valley of the Loue)

Artist: Gustave Courbet (French, 1819 - 1877)
Date: 1865
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Frame: 46 3/4 × 68 3/4 × 4 in. (118.7 × 174.6 × 10.2 cm.)
Image (visible): 35 5/8 × 57 5/8 in. (90.5 × 146.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1958.1
Accession number: 1958.1
Classification: painting
Copyright:Public Domain
SignedG. Courbet (l,r oil paint)
Exhibition History"Corot to Manet: The Rise of Landscape Painting in France," The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, Jan. 27 - April 29, 1991, (circulated to: IBM Gallery of Science & Art, New York, NY, July 30 - Sept. 28, 1991; Dallas Museum of Art, Nov. 3, 1991 - Jan. 5, 1992; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 28 - March 29, 1992)

"The Kirsch Years 1936-1958," (a testimonial exhibition assembled from the collection of the DMAC and the University of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln) Valley of the Loue was shown only at the Des Moines Art Center, Jan. 7 - Feb. 10, 1974

"Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Paintings," Paul Rosenberg and Co., N.Y., 1945

"From Ingres to Picasso," Person Hall Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, May 18 - June 11, 1941

"La Peinture Francaise au 19e Siecle," Musee du Prince Paul, Belgrade, 1939

"Ingres to Picasso," Rosenberg and Helft, London, June 15 - July 3, 1937

Paul Rosenberg and Co., Paris, 1937

"From Ingres to Van Gogh," Mayor Gallery, London, 1937

"Gustave Courbet," Kunsthaus, Zurich, 1936
Published ReferencesRobert Fernier, LA VIE ET L'OEUVRE DE GUSTAVE COURBET, Vol. I, no. 459, 1977, ill. p.251

MIDWEST MUSEUMS QUARTERLY, Vol.23, No.4, Fall 1963, ill. p.9

Jean-Jacques Fernier, Jean-Luc Mayaud and Patrick Le Nouene, COURBET ET ORNANS, Editions Herscher, Paris, 1989, p.38, color ill.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE GAZETTE DES BEAUX ARTS, Feb. 1964, ill. p.67

"La Peinture Francaise au 19e Siecle," Musée du Prince Paul, Belgrade, 1939, exh. cat. no.22

"Nineteenth and Twentieth Century French Paintings," Paul Rosenberg and Co., N. Y., 1945, exh. cat. no.3

Bert Schug, GUSTAVE COURBET: DAS ATELIER, Stuttgart, 1962, pl. no.12, p.24, ill.

Lionel Venturi, MODERN PAINTERS, New York, 1947, p.219

"The Kirsch Years 1936 - 1958," Des Moines Art Center and Univ. of Nebraska Art Galleries, Lincoln, 1974, exh. cat. no.10

"From Ingres to Picasso," Person Hall Art Gallery, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1941, exh. cat. no.2

THE NATHAN EMORY COFFIN COLLECTION, a portfolio of fifty selections from the collection, published in 1981 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Nathan Emory Coffin, b/w ill.

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, a catalog of selections from the permanent collection published in 1985, cat. ref. pp.52 - 54, b/w ill. pl. no.34, p.54

Eloise Spaeth, AMERICAN ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES: AN INTRODUCTION TO LOOKING, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1960, ref. p.144

TODAY'S ART, Aug. 1, 1965, p.4

DMAC Bulletin, May 1958, cover ill.

Julius Meier-Graefe, COURBET, Munich, 1921, ill. pl. no.85 (mistakenly identified as a similar picture of the same scene in the Neue Pinakothek, Munich) 1921 and 1924

AN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.88, color ill. p.89

Ingres to Picasso," Rosenberg and Helft, London, 1937, exh. cat. no.11

"From Ingres to Van Gogh," Mayor Gallery, London, 1937, exh. cat. no.7

La Hir, JOURNAL DES AMATEURS, 1875, p.115

"Gustave Courbet," Kunsthaus, Zurich, 1936, cat. ill. no.14 (In the catalog of the above exhibition the painting is titled "La Vallee de la Loue, Prise de la Roche Du Mont" and is dated c. 1846. It is listed as having been shown in the Paris Salon of 1849. Stylistic comparison with a smaller version of this subject painted in 1865 and titled "Landschaft mit Fluss und Brucke" (Landscape with River and Bridge) which is in the collection of Neue Pinakothed, Munich, led to the conclusion that the Courbet in the DMAC's collection was painted at approximately the same time as the Munich picture. However, according to the catalogue raisonne, the DMAC's painting is a much later work which was executed in 1865 - see reference: Robert Fernier LA VIE ET L'OEUVRE DE GUSTAVE COURBET)
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