#287. Near Nanterre. 11.5 x 17, oil on panel. "Gilbert Munger" lower left. This painting depicts the same scene as #271 and #244. The title difference is not important, as Nanterre and Bougeval are very close to one another geographically. The back has a somewhat decomposed paper label stating: "106 -- Near Nanterre -- Gilbert Munger -- Paris 1889." A painting of this title and similar size was was sold at the auction of the collection of Charles T. Yerkes on 5 April 1910 at Mendelsohn Hall in New York City, where it fetched $425: the buyer is listed as T. R. Benkhard. The catalog describes the painting as follows:
No. 4 GILBERT MUNGER Near Nanterre Canvas, 11 1/2 inches high by 18 inches long.
Extending across the front is an expanse of still water with motionless reflections of a faint gray sky, mottled with puffs of mauve and cream. The smooth surface is interrupted by a dark punt that is being propelled by a man in a white shirt. Silhouetted against the waning light of the sky are the trees that border the opposite bank. A clump appears toward the right, separated from another in the center by the creamy walls and brown roofs of some cottages. Other buildings are visible toward the left, succeeded by a row of separate poplar trees. The vista is closed by a spit of land projecting from the left of the picture, where a white and dun cow are seen near a mass of soft yellow, green and brown willows. Signed at the lower left: "Gilbert Munger"
This description shows the width as one inch different and the incorrect medium from #287, but otherwise matches this painting exactly. #271, which has a label with 'No.4', and a href="ID244.html">#244, which is the correct size, are also good candidates to match the description.
The painting has passed down in a New Jersey family for multiple generations before being sold at the Rago Arts and Auction Center Great Estates Auction in Lambertville, NJ, on 11 September 2015, as lot 2467 for $593.75 including buyers premium. Image provided by Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville NJ.
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