A beautifully painted 9 1/2" by 13 1/4" work, paper laid on board, the subject a lake surrounded by high terrain, chimneys of buildings on a high promontory dominating the foreground, signed at lower left by the noted French artist, art historian and art collector, ETIENNE MOREAU-NELATON (1859-1927). The watercolor is in fine condition, the colors fresh (no glass, and frame measures 22 1/2" by 27"). The artist was noted as having begun working in 1882, after study with Henri-Joseph Harpignies and Albert Maignan. He exhibited at the Salon de Paris by 1885; but he is perhaps best known today for his collecting the works of many of France's most famous painters, most of which he eventually donated to the state museums, including the Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay. Moreau-Nelaton collected works by the major names of his time: Delacroix, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, Corot, Diaz de la Pena, Constant Troyon, Gericault, Thomas Couture, Honore Daumier, Daubigny, Fantin-Latour, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Jongkind, Forain, and Carriere. In 1906 he donated many major works to the Louvre, including Monet's famous "Poppyfield at Argenteuil". As part of a group, he also purchased Manet's famous "Olympia" for the nation in 1890. Other works went to the Musee d'Orsay. The French nation and art lovers the world over owe a great debt to this man. His own works have sold to about the twenty thousand dollar level at auctions.
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