Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 177 - 5 December 2020

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 119

Théo Van Rysselberghe (Belgium / 1862 - 1926)
Fontaine aux statues à Mazargues - Grand panneau (ca. 1920-24)


€ 160 000 - 240 000

In 1917 Léon Guinotte commissions Théo Van Rysselberghe to paint 17 works for his villa "Le Pachy" in Mariemont, of which his brother Octave Van Rysselberghe was the architect. The paintings were created between 1920 and 1924. They represent views of the park (12,5 ha at the time) and the ponds surrounding the "Villa Magalone" in Mazargues, Marseille. In 1947, Le Corbusier builds his famous "Cité Radieuse" and "Unité d'Habitation" on this part of the domain.
"Exposition d'oeuvres récentes de Théo Van Rysselberghe" Gal. Georges Giroux, Brussels 10-21.04.1926, nrs. 13 tot 24 (12 works from these series on exhibition)
"Retrospectieve Théo Van Rysselberghe" MSK, Ghent 1962, cat. nr. 159 (titled "Fontaine aux statues")
"Théo Van Rysselberghe. Catalogue raisonné" Ronald Feltkamp, Les Éditions de l'amateur/Éditions Racine, Brussels 2003, nr. P-061, p. 454 reprod.
"Mons & Coeur du Hainaut: Guide d'architecture moderne et contemporaine 1885-2015" Ed. Mardaga, Brussels 2015, p. 268-269 (ivm 'Le Pachy')
We thank Mr. Olivier Bertrand for the information he kindly provided us about the work mentioned above, that will be included in the catalogue raisonné in preparation
coll. Léon Guinotte (1870-1950), industrial, lawyer and politician.
coll. Max Boël - Anna Guinotte, Brussels
auction Palais Galliéra, Paris 15.06.1965, lot 157
auction Campo nr. 79, Antwerp 19.10.1969, lot 562


The south of Europe, in particular the Provence, had completely taken over Théo Van Rysselberghe's artist's heart. He was enthused by the warm colours, the Mediterranean light and the enchanting environments. It is in this region that he will reside for a large part of his career. In 1917, when he was commissioned by the Brussels industrial and philanthropist Léon Guinotte (1870-1950) to paint 17 works for his villa Le Pachy in Mariemont, Van Rysselberghe was inspired by the poetry he found in the idyllic garden views of which the Côte d'Azur offers a great wealth. "Fontaine aux statues à Mazargues" proposes a view of the park and the water features around the Villa Magalone in Mazargues, Marseille. Le Corbusier will later build his famous "Cité Radieuse" on a part of this domain.

The series for Le Pachy was part of a larger-scale renovation project led by Théo's brother and Art Nouveau architect Octave Van Rysselberghe. The paintings were realized between 1920 and 1924. In those years Van Rysselberghe has abandoned the rigorous pointillism. The touch is freer and more varied, the colors are more nuanced and blend into one another. The delicate pink, green and blue shades shine in the Mediterranean light. The shadow of the afternoon sun offers some cooling. The peaceful garden is disturbed only by the rippling of the water surface, which is suggested by ingeniously applied brush strokes. An ideal image where the residents of Le Pachy can dream away.

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