Anna Elizabeth Klumpke (American, 1856-1942)
In the Pyrenees, Southern France
Signed "ANNA KLUMPKE" l.r., identified on a label from Gump Galleries, San Francisco, affixed to the frame, dated c. 1880 in family correspondence (see below).
Oil on canvas, 28 x 41 1/2 in. (71.0 x 105.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Canvas deformation, varnish discoloration, area of paint loss with flaking at l.l. edge.
Provenance: Brian Loomis (Oakland, California, d. 1942); to Estelle G. Livingston (Berkeley, California); to Charles Livingston; by family descent to the current owner.
N.B. A letter from Charles W. Livingston describes that Anna Klumpke was a student and friend of Rosa Bonheur in Paris and that this painting hung in the Louvre for a short time and was later exhibited at the St. Louis Exposition in the 1890s. The letter goes on to describe that, in a telephone conversation with the artist, Estelle Livingston learned that the artist painted this landscape as a gift for her father. The work is listed in the Smithsonian Institution "SIRIS" database.
Anna Klumpke was Rosa Bonheur's last companion and wrote the biography, Rosa Bonheur: The artist's (auto)biography, published in 1909 and republished by the University of Michigan Press in 1997 and 2001.
Inscribed on the frame, "Exhibited at Gumps Fall 1953/Was hung as featured picture of gallery." And with a label from Atthowe Fine Art Services, Oakland, California, on the back of the frame.
Framed dimesions are 33 x 46 in.
Paint loss at lower left edge measuring 4 inches across overall, and 1/4 inch high at it highest point. There is evidence of old water staining to the tacking edge of the canvas and the back of the frame in the upper right corner of the reverse.
Dent to the reverse creates the canvas deformation on the front of the work.
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