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Title Avenue of Populars at Bougival
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Anastasi, Auguste-Paul-Charles (French painter, printmaker, 1820-1889)
Date Earliest possibly about 1844
Date Latest 1873
Description Born in Paris in 1820, Anastasi exhibited at the Paris Salon from the age of twenty-four. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1849 and studied under Paul Delaroche and the great landscape painter Camille Corot. His work displays his interest in transient atmospheric effects on the landscape. Early works such as Vue prise en Normandie: effet du Matin of 1846 reveal this fascination with dramatic changes in light and colour in landscape during different time of day and weather conditions. Anastasi clearly had a strong sense of what was new and fashionable in landscape painting.
Current Accession Number B.M.423
Former Accession Number No. 147m
Subject landscape
Measurements 22.9 x 28.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Anastasi studio sale, 3-8 March 1873, lot 214, purchased by or on behlf of John and Joséphine Bowes.
Principal Exhibitions The Road to Impressionism , Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 2002 - 2003; The Road to Impressionism - Nineteenth Century French Paintings from the Bowes Museum , Wallace Collection, London, 2003.
Publications Coutts, H., The Road to Impressionism: Joséphine Bowes and Painting in Nineteenth Century France , Barnard Castle, 2002, p. 46, pl. 44.

There is a label from the sale the painting was bought at on the back of the picture. This is no.147m in the Bowes' 1877 mss. list.

Pierre Miquel described Anastasi as 'a mirror of the diverse and contradictory tendencies of an époque' (Le Paysage Français au XIXe siècle 1840-1900, Maurs-la-Jolie, 1985, pp.53-88). Anastasi exhibited views of Rome in the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867. His 1868 watercolour of the winter gardens of Princess Mathilde, sister-in-law of the Emperor, demonstrates his ability to produce works catering to popular interests of the second Empire establishment.

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie



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