Chemin de la Fontaine des Tins at Céret

Chemin de la Fontaine des Tins at Céret

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About This Work

Chaïm Soutine (French, 1893-1943)
Chemin de la Fontaine des Tins at Céret, ca. 1920
Oil on canvas
81.3 x 78.7 cm. (32 x 31 in.)
Signed lower right: Soutine


[Probably Léopold Zborowski, Paris]; sold to Albert C. Barnes, Merion, Penn., 1923. [possibly Galerie Crillon, Paris]. Richard Davis, New York, sold at auction, Modern and Contemporary Paintings...Collected by Richard Davis, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 13 Apr. 1944, no. 52 (as Chemin du Village); bought at auction by Billy Rose, New York; sold to Henry Pearlman, by 1951; Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, by 1971.

Critical Perspective

Soutine immigrated to Paris in 1913, and worked with a closely knit group of artists in the Parisian neighborhood of Montparnasse. Alongside his good friend Amedeo Modigliani, Soutine developed what was then a radical style of painting-animated, expressive, sometimes even grotesque. His subjects ranged from portraits to still-lives to landscapes.

In 1919, the dealer Léopold Zborowski underwrote Soutine’s trip to Céret, a small town in the Pyrenees Mountains, and the dramatic landscape inspired some of the artist’s most successful paintings. This view shows the Tins Ravine, named after the Catalonian term for the dye factories on the river.