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Frédéric Bazille

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by Michel Schulman
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Man Smoking Pipe

Aquarelle sur papier
22,4 x 17 cm - 8 13/116 x 6 11/16 in.
en bas à gauche : F. Bazille
Collection particulière
Dernière mise à jour : 2022-03-17 19:23:26
Référence : MSb-108


Collection particulière - Vente Sotheby's, Londres, 27 juin 2001, n° 109 - Triton Collection Foundation, Rotterdam - Vente Christie's, Paris, 25 mars 2015, n° 34 - Collection particulière.


As far as we know, never exhibited


Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné, 1995, n° 21 des dessins, repr. p. 254 - Schulman, Frédéric Bazille : Catalogue raisonné numérique, 2022, n° 108.

This Man Smoking Pipe, one of the few watercolors by Bazille that we know of, is most remarkable. In its simplicity, its technique, it can be compared to Manet's most beautiful watercolors.

Not only Bazille perfectly succeeded in drawing the smoker, but he knew, through elegant brown touches, how to highlight the different parts of the bust: the face, the long beard as well as the jacket, all discreetly highlighted by a slightly darker background.

It can be said with certainty, based on this example, that Bazille possesses the watercolor technique perfectly.