Henri Rochefort

Henri Rochefort
Artist:
Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
Date:
1874
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
25-1/2 x 21-1/4 in. (64.8 x 54 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.18.1.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View
Description

Gustave Courbet painted this portrait of his friend, and radical Republican, Henri Rochefort while he was in exile in Switzerland. Rochefort was a journalist, editor and political rabblerouser. His adamant public support of the failed Commune in Paris ultimately landed him in a French penal colony in New Caledonia, an island in the south Pacific. In a daring nighttime escape, Rochefort made hi s way back to the continent after traveling through Australia, the United States and England. Although the portrait is rather somber, Courbet nevertheless captures the distinctive jaw, goatee and unruly hair that so often served as fodder for the caricaturists of the time.

Provenance:

Paul Pia.
Brenet, in 1893.
Gates, in 1900.
[Durand-Ruel, Paris; sold 20 January 1906 to];
Wilhelm Weigand, purchased 4 November 1913 for 15,000 frs. through;
Dieter Fritsch for;
Otto Gerstenberg (1848-1935), Berlin, by inheritance to his daughter;
Margarete Scharf, by descent in;
Gerstenberg family [according to Peter Nathan], sold by 1962 to;
[Drs. Fritz and Peter Nathan, Zurich, sold 7 March 1964 to];
[Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York; stock no. 6092-2160, sold 31 May 1972 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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