Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
Inscription: Stamped (lower left): A. Bonheur
the artist, Magny-les-Hameaux (until d. 1884; the sketch remaining in his studio until about 1993); [W. M. Brady & Co., New York, in 1993]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 111 (as "Landscape with Mountains").
Mark Brady. 19th Century Drawings & Oil Sketches. Exh. cat., W. M. Brady & Co., Inc. New York, 1993, unpaginated, above no. 27, recounts the recent discovery of a large group of oil sketches, of which this is one example, in the artist's former atelier at Magny-les-Hameaux, near Versailles.
Jennifer Tonkovich inThe Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 238–39, no. 111, ill. (color), suggests that the view may depict the Auvergne or Pyrénée regions.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 105, no. 10, ill. (color), calls it "Landscape with Distant Mountains".
The present work is one of a number of oil sketches found in the artist's studio. For seven others from the same group, see Brady 1993.