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The Bourgoin road, from near Crémieu, Dauphiné; ravine with road and river running along bottom, tree-covered cliffs either side. 1878-79
Watercolour over graphite on card
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Height: 216 millimetres
Width: 303 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a view of the Gorges de la Fusa near Crémieu in south-east France. Christopher Newall identifies the viewpoint as from the hamlet of Blied on the south side of the gorge looking eastward (see A Staley and C Newall, eds., 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision', exh. cat., Tate Britain, London, 2004, no. 149). Boyce spent four months painting in central and eastern France in the autumn of 1878.
A watercolour by Boyce of the church and Cours des Tilleuls at Crémien, Dauphine, in south-east France was exhibited with the present watercolour by Boyce at the Society of Painters in Watercolour 1879, no. 291. It was included in the Boyce exhibition at the Tate Gallery, 1987, no. 58.
The following text is taken from the label for the British Museum display 'Sketchbooks and Watercolours by Joanna and George Price Boyce':
George Boyce made a painting tour of south and central France in 1878. This view of the Gorges de la Fusa near Crémieu was probably made during this trip. A restrained study of the autumnal foliage in the gorge, it is an exercise in the dispassionate observation of nature. Painted under a cloudy sky, the artist avoids any sharp contrast of tone or hue, building up an even texture through subtly varied dabs of transparent colour.
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- Exhibition history
2001 May-Sep BM, P&D, 'Paper Assets' (no cat.)
2004 Feb-May, London, Tate Britain, 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.149
2004 Jun-Sep, Berlin, Altes Nationalgalerie, 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.
2004-2005 Oct-Jan, Madrid, Fundació "la Caixa", 'Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature', no.
2012 May-Jul, BM, P&D, Room 90, 'Joanna and George Price Boyce'
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
A label on the back of the frame indicates this work was no. 51 in one of Agnew's spring exhibitions/sales (date not known), stock no. 32422.
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