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Gustave Le Gray
Le Soleil Couronné -- Océan
12¥ x 16 3/8ins (32.3 x 41.1 cm)
Christie's - London
Courtesy of Christies, London (Sale: 7434 - Photographs, Lot: 41 - Nov 13, 2007)
Red ink facsimile signature stamp on recto; numbered 'No.13,421.', embossed credit stamp and paper supplier's monogram 'EB' [Ernest Binant], printed label with title and negative number 'No.21' on mount.
Aubenas et al., Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884, BibliothÞque national de France, 2002, p.111, pl.131, no.119.
Janis remarks: 'If there is some confusion regarding the exact time of day (for here too the effect is like a theatrical sunset, not high noon), Le Gray maintained a strong degree of intimacy with the landscape as a whole. Even in these large and dramatic prints, we feel united across space with the little boats whose perfectly rendered forms seem to beckon us into halcyon infinities beyond the horizon' (p.81).