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The Requiem of the nightingale (after Hans Christian Andersen)
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Ref : 71305
28 000 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
André Gill (1840 – 1885)
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
l. 29.13 inch X H. 58.27 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - The Requiem of the nightingale (after Hans Christian Andersen) 19th century - The Requiem of the nightingale (after Hans Christian Andersen)  - The Requiem of the nightingale (after Hans Christian Andersen)
Jean Moust

17th century Flemish and Dutch paintings


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The Requiem of the nightingale (after Hans Christian Andersen)

André Gill
French painter
Paris 1840 – 1885 Charenton-le-Pont
Le Requiem du Rossignol
Oil on canvas : 148,9 X 74,2 cm
Signed and dated upper left “André Gill 1876”
Frame : 159,8 X 85,4 cm

André Gill was a famous 19th century French cartoonist who turned to painting after the Parisian Commune (1871), at a time when the new French government did not appreciate humour or satire. Our painting dates from 1876.

Gill gave a very personal meaning to “The nightingale”, a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen: the emperor of China was
saved from depression by the natural sound of a nightingale after the breakdown of his mechanical bird. Our painter instead favours the artistic sound of a violin above the natural sound of a whistling bird.

Sadly neither music nor art could save Gill when his first-born child, a son, died in 1880 at the age of six months. He was slowly driven crazy from grief.

Jean Moust

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19th Century Oil Painting