A Travers Bois (Through the Woods), c. 1892

by Jean Richard Goubie


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.8 x 38.5 inches (63 x 97.8 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Richard Goubie’ (lower left)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    Born in Paris in 1842, Jean-Richard Goubie was a pupil of the great French academic master Jean-Leon Gerome. He began exhibiting at the Salon in 1869 and five years later earned a third-class medal there. According to the original sale receipt from M. Knoedler & Co., this painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1892, no, 796.

    M. Knoedler & Co., New York
    Purchased March 18, 1899, as A travers bois by the Honorable Hugh J. Grant. Mayor of New York, 1889-1892
    By descent in the family to the present owner.

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    Groubie (1842-1899) was one of many pupils to study under Gérôme, after the latter’s appointment as Professor at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1863. Gérôme’s influence at the school was extensive, where his wit, lax discipline but clear-cut teaching methods made him a popular and well-respected master. Goubie’s talent and presumably his character evidently mutually impressed Gérôme, who invited Goubie to join him and seven other travellers on a painting expedition to Egypt and Asia Minor. The group included another fellow student, Paul Lenoir, the realist painter, Léon Bonnat, two journalists, a doctor and another friend. Gérôme also invited his brother-in-law, Albert Goupil, an amateur photographer and son of the renowned dealer and print editor. It was presumably through this connection that Goupil & Cie later published a series of Goubie’s pictures with an accompanying verse of poetry, as part of the ‘Goupil Illustrations to the French Salons 1873-79’.

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